SpaceQuest Selects BiTMICRO's E-Disk SSDs for Spacecraft

BiTMICRO(R) Networks, a pioneer in intelligent flash IDE/ATA, Fibre Channel, SCSI, SATA, VME and PMC solid state storage, announced at the NAB 2007 show in Las Vegas, Nevada that it has once again proven the reliability and durability of E-Disk(R) solid state disks (SSDs) utilized in extreme operating environments.

SpaceQuest, Ltd, a spacecraft avionics developer based in Fairfax, Virginia, was contracted by a private aerospace company to develop a groundbreaking design that goes beyond the limits of traditional spacecraft architecture. After finalizing the new design, SpaceQuest looked around for a reliable storage drive for the spacecraft’s computer vision system during orbit.

SpaceQuest decided to deploy non-volatile E-Disk ATA/IDE solid state disks from BiTMICRO Networks. The E-Disk SSD has a proven track record in ruggedized applications, operating reliably even in high-altitudes (up to 120,000 feet) and extreme operating temperatures (-60°C to + 95°C). Upon installation, company engineers delightfully noted that the pure solid state E-Disk ATA/IDE flash drive consumed minimal power and integrated well with the spacecraft’s network of computers connected by proprietary bus and interfaces.

“The E-Disk solid state flash drive epitomizes what a high-performance, plug-and-play storage device should be,” states Mark Kanawati, Vice President, SpaceQuest. “The unit that we purchased was up and running within one hour after delivery, providing critical storage functionality for our spacecraft’s vision system.”

“Vision systems provide key tracking and data recording capabilities to commercial, robotics or aerospace applications,” says Rudy Bruce, CMO and Executive VP for Marketing and Sales of BiTMICRO Networks. “Specifying non-volatile storage devices such as E-Disk SSDs allows engineers to stretch their designs beyond the limits of what ordinary hard disk drive-based systems can reach,” Bruce added.

Visit BiTMICRO Networks at Booth SU2524 of NAB 2007, which takes place from April 14 to 19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Billed as The World’s Largest Electronic Media Show, NAB 2007 brings together more than 100,000 professionals and 1,400 exhibiting companies from 130 countries around the world.

About SpaceQuest Ltd
SpaceQuest is a developer of advanced microsatellite technology for government, university and commercial companies, specializing in the design, construction, test and manufacture of spacecraft as well as space and ground components for operation with low earth orbiting satellites. For more information, contact Mark Kanawati at tel. (703) 273-5559 or send an e-mail at

About BiTMICRO Networks
BiTMICRO(R) Networks is the leading provider of high performance solid state disk and non-volatile semiconductor storage solutions. The Company’s flagship product, the E-Disk(R) SSD, is offered with SATA, SCSI Narrow and Wide, IDE/ATA and Fibre Channel interfaces in 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard disk drive footprints, and 19-inch rack mount configurations scalable up to several terabytes of pure solid state storage.

E-Disk(R)and BiTMICRO(R) are registered trademarks and trademarks of BiTMICRO Networks, Inc.