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Exploration for space applications of Write Once, Read Forever (WORF) gamma-ray impervious data storage media

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Exploration for space applications of Write Once, Read Forever (WORF) gamma-ray impervious data storage media

This project applies to data storage in harsh space environments as referenced in CAN No. 80MSFC18N0001, Section 2.1.5.4, Technologies Supporting Solar and Space Science and Applications - Advanced data archiving.

WORF provides a unique solution for the long-term storage and retrieval of data in space: e.g., ISS, lunar, Mars, probes and deep space gateway, etc. Our project goals and objectives are to provide a permanent data storage system impervious to harsh space environments. WORF is immutable and hack-proof: once data is written and processed on WORF media the flipping of a single bit of digital memory is impossible, enhancing authentication. WORF technology can be used for data storage where long-term or archival integrity is critical, such as geospatial collections from satellites and the deep space gateway program. In this project we propose to develop test media that will validate whether WORF technology will survive all critical parameters for harsh space-based environments including microgravity and ionizing radiation.

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