Phison Electronics 8TB SSD has been certified by NASA

Phison announced that its 8TB M.2 2280 SSD solution has completed the flight qualification tests required for the Lonestar Data Holdings lunar data center mission. This SSD was selected by the contractor Lonestar and its partner Skycorp for Lonestar’s lunar data center program, and the mission time is scheduled for the second half of 2023. This is not the first time that Phison Electronics has become associated with space missions. Phison Electronics’ 8GB uSSD was used on the Mars Perseverance Rover before.

After comprehensive testing and certification process, Phison is thrilled that our SSD technology has passed all the rigorous requirements for Lonestar’s upcoming Moon mission,’’ said K.S. Pua, Phison CEO. “We are excited about playing a vital role on this important mission, and other future ones as we continue our foray into the new frontier. We also want to thank our outstanding customer, Lonestar, and partner, Skycorp, for helping to make this happen.

In order to obtain NASA Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL-6) certification, Phison Electronics’ 8TB M.2 2280 SSD solution must pass a series of rigorous tests. These test projects were carried out in government and commercial test facilities in Silicon Valley, including simulating the ultra-low temperature and vacuum conditions of the moon. It will also complete electromagnetic environment qualification, as well as stress and environmental testing for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch.

Phison Electronics and Skycorp announced their cooperation in September 2022 to provide solutions focused on space processing and information archiving. Skycorp is currently using a Phison 4TB SSD on a RISC-V-based computer on the International Space Station. If there is no accident, Phison Electronics’ 8TB SSD will be placed in Lonestar’s server, and it will go to the moon with NASA’s CLPS program.