Nirvanix Chosen for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Mar 17, 2009


Nirvanix, an enterprise Cloud Storage service provider, announced that it has been chosen as the tertiary tier of storage for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). Developed by Malin Space Science Systems and operated by Arizona State University (ASU), LROC will acquire high-resolution images of the lunar surface, providing knowledge of polar illumination conditions, identifying potential resources and hazards, and enabling a safe landing site selection for future missions. Scheduled to launch in May aboard Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), LROC will capture images of the lunar surface in both monochromatic, at 0.5 meter per pixel with the Narrow Angle Camera (NAC), and multi-spectral, at 100 meters per pixel with the Wide Angle Camera (WAC). The resulting images will be transmitted from the satellite to ASU for systematic processing, replicated to secondary high-performance storage in a separate building at ASU and then replicated to the Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network (SDN). Nirvanix provides a method for storing a tertiary copy of the data offsite by installing CloudNAS and writing a copy directly from the data-receiving servers.