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Mercury Systems to Supply Data Recorders for NASA’s Research Mission on Mineral Dust

Mercury Systems
Mercury Systems

NASA has selected Mercury Systems to provide solid-state data recorders to support mineralogy research missions aimed at assessing the impact of mineral dust on the Earth's temperature.

Mercury said Thursday its SSDR will be integrated into the Earth Imaging Spectrometer that will be launched to the International Space Station in 2022 as part of the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation.

The company signed an agreement with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory to supply the data recorders in support of the EMIT mission, which seeks to map regions that largely contribute to the production of mineral dust.

The research effort's goal is to use measurements of mineral dust to improve forecasts on the cooling or warming of the atmosphere.

Chris Opoczynski, vice president and general manager of Mercury's data segment, said the company's SSDRs are designed to handle radiation impacts and perform in extended operations.

Mercury offers a suite of solid-state drives that works to store sensitive data even while experiencing extreme environments.

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