Technology

The Arch Mission Foundation is funding research and development into new storage media and technologies for preserving and spreading human data and knowledge across long distances in time and space.

We are developing specialized next-generation devices that we call Archs (pronounced “Arks”), which are designed to hold and transmit large amounts of data over long periods of time in extreme environments, including outer space and on the surfaces of other planetary bodies.

Our goal is to collect and curate important data sets and to install them on Arch Libraries that will be delivered to as many locations as possible for safekeeping.

To increase the chances that Arch Libraries will be found in the future, we aim for durability and massive redundancy across a broad diversity of locations and materials – a strategy that nature itself has successfully employed.

We are designing Arch Libraries with many form factors that optimize mass, storage density, and durability for different environments. Current technologies that we are using and/or actively developing and testing with partners, include:

  • 5D laser optical data storage in quartz

  • Nickel ion-beam atomic scale storage

  • Molecular storage on DNA molecules

  • Durable space-based flash drive storage

  • Long duration DVD disk technology

  • Quantum information storage

In order to accomplish these lofty goals, we continue to investigate and use a wide variety of emerging storage technologies, and we are funding a few R&D projects of our own too. We are technology agnostic and will continue to use and/or develop the best available data storage and data sharing technologies for our mission.