SpaceX’s Tesla Roadster payload included a secret backup of human knowledge

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  1. simonalvarez0987

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    Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster not only stashed a miniature version of itself to space; it also carried an Arch, a revolutionary storage device loaded with a library of Earth’s  works, into orbit.

    During the minutes leading up to the launch of the Falcon Heavy, SpaceX briefly touched on the Roadster’s extra payload, though very little was said about the storage device’s contents. More details on the Roadster’s secret payload emerged recently, however, when the Arch’s creators published a blog outlining the purpose of the small storage device.

    According to Nova Spivack, co-founder of the Arch Mission Foundation, the Arch carried by the Tesla Roadster to space was loaded with a copy of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series, which is comprised canonically by three of the author’s most iconic works - Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. Set in a world where humanity is a space-faring species, the trilogy chronicles a fictional account of the rise, fall, and rebirth of civilization.

    Asimov, a professor of biochemistry at the Boston University, made his mark in literature with his work in science fiction. The Foundation Series, which he eventually extended amid his publisher’s insistence, is still regarded as one of, if not the best work of his long career. The author is also widely regarded as one of the “Big Three” in sci-fi literature, together with other icons such as Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke.

    As a storage device, the Arch is pretty revolutionary. Created using 5D optical storage in quartz, the small, miniature disc-like device is incredibly tough, capable of weathering the extreme conditions of space. The Arch is also very small, and its storage capacity of 360 terabytes of data places it far ahead of mainstream storage solutions.

    The Arch is designed to survive for at least several million years, making the device the longest lasting storage object created by humans to date. Spivack, if any, is very optimistic about the Arch’s chances in space.

    According to the Arch Mission Foundation co-founder, the device carried by the Tesla Roadster is only the second one ever made. The first Arch is currently owned by Elon Musk, who has the device in his personal library. Two more Archs are planned to be launched in the years to come, with one being scheduled for  2020 and the other being prepared for 2030.

    Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster, which was launched to orbit through SpaceX’s most powerful rocket to date, the Falcon Heavy, is currently heading further into space at a blistering 12 kilometers per second relative to Earth. As we stated in a previous report, the electric sports car is following a heliocentric orbit, where it would pass Mars in a close flyby. The electric sports car is also expected to orbit the Sun every two Earth years, which is the same time frame for Mars to complete its journey around the center of the Solar System.

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  2. J.Taylor

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    So if the launch had failed ALL human knowledge would have been lost? (glad there was a back up copy here on earth).{{LOL}}

    As for why the center booster failed ...

    two of three engines did not fire during a final landing burn, Musk told reporters after the launch. The two engines did not fire because they ran out of ignition fluid, Musk said. Musk's Twitter posts

    Elon Musk‏Verified account @elonmusk Feb 6
    Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt.

    So was there a connection between the higher orbit achieved and the lack of landing fuel? My guess is that it is possible and I'm betting SpaceX is checking on that in it's data logs.
     
  3. Jim Vickers

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    This was my post and I don't know why it appeared under the name benhitchen.
     
  4. Mikey

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    No, it didn't "include a secret backup of human knowledge". It included the Foundation trilogy, that's it. Does nobody read the posts they link? LATER Archs should hold that data, but for now, the aliens have some great books to read, but only 3 of them.
     
  5. Michael Russo

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    Deleted that post then, Jim. Let’s see if that happens next time you do post.
    Welcome to the forum and please contribute! :)
     

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