An artist’s conception shows Xcraft, the spacecraft being developed by Xcraft for interplanetary missions. (Xplore Illustration)
Seattle-based Xplore and the Arch Mission Foundation are teaming up on what sounds like “Mission: Impossible”: a plan to send the foundation’s Arch Libraries on space odysseys to the moon, Mars, Venus and near-Earth asteroids starting in 2021.
The micro-miniaturized compendiums of human knowledge, laser-etched on nickel to preserve the equivalent of 30 million pages of information, are to be attached as payloads to Xplore’s Xcraft spacecraft and sent into deep space on rockets to be named later.
“Our civilization’s knowledge is precious. Helping distribute Arch Libraries in space is an important way to secure this valuable data,” Xplore CEO Jeff Rich said in a news release. “The Xplore team is proud to host the Lunar Library payload on our missions.”
Xplore isn’t the only venture to join forces with Arch Mission. The foundation’s first space-flown payload, a digitized version of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, was sent toward the orbit of Mars along with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster on the maiden launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket.
Arch’s Lunar Library, recording tens of thousands of books as well as the contents of ...