Has SpaceX really sent a Second Secret Payload aboard Falcon Heavy?

Has SpaceX really sent a Second Secret Payload aboard Falcon Heavy?

SpaceX launched the most powerful, operational rocket, Falcon Heavy in the last week.

It was a much-anticipated event as a lot of international media covered every minute of it. The claimed potential of this thing was so much that SpaceX has received quite a lot of orders already for future flights. The CEO Elon Musk, who is highly interested in making life at Mars a possible proposition, was present and closely monitored the entire launching process. The benefits of this mighty rocket were being discussed and Musk sealed the deal when he said,

“Falcon Heavy opens up a new class of payload. It can launch twice as much payload as any other rocket in the world … It can launch things right to Pluto and beyond, no stop needed.”

Considering what should be the payload of the flight was not difficult at all as Musk wanted to send the silliest thing and the first thing that came to his mind was his Tesla. He himself acknowledged it in an interview. The move did work out brilliantly as it was a big hit. It stole the show at the launch as it was the center of attraction. Everyone was asking and wondering what was the philosophy behind that move.

However, a recent report suggests that something that went unnoticed was the second payload of Falcon Heavy. It was kept secret by the company at the time of the launch for some unknown reasons. It was actually a small object called Arch which stores data. It has the ability to last for millions and billions of years. Arch has been designed to survive in the most hostile environments like dangerous planets and space.

Falcon Heavy. Source: SpaceX

The construction of this device is an interesting thing in itself not only for that but also the storage capacity. The incredibly small size and the ability to store huge amounts of data is nearly close to being a miracle. Quartz crystals are used to build the small disc which has encoded information in the form of libraries.

The physical strength and extremely long life make this thing simply AMAZING. Arch 1.1 and Arch 1.2 are two of the longest-lasting disks, humans have managed to create. Theoretically, it is expected that they can survive for 14 billion years due to the stability provided by 5D data storage. The latter of the two is cruising in space at the speed of 8021 mph on Musk’s Tesla.

The appearance of an Arch is similar to a DVD or a Blu-ray except for that it is smaller in size than them. Contrary to that, the amount of data it can store is beyond any regular optical device that we use in our home or at our offices. It can hold up to 360 terabytes of data. Nearly 7000 Blu-ray discs are needed to preserve so much of information. A California based non-profit company called Arch Mission Foundation discovered this technology. One of their representatives said,

“They preserve and disseminate humanity’s knowledge across time and space, for the benefit of future generations.”

The developers of this disc named this launch ‘Solar Launch’ as they expect it to orbit the Sun for many years. Nova Spivack, who is a co-founder, said,

“The Solar Library will orbit the Sun for billions of years. Think of it as a ring of knowledge around the Sun. This is only the first step of an epic human project to curate, encode, and distribute our data across the Solar System, and beyond.”

Launches in 2020 and 2030 are planned libraries to send copies of human knowledge to Moon and Mars. The disc sent to Mars can also be used by colonists as SpaceX tends to send people there by 2024. This is not all. The ultimate goal behind all this is way beyond that as Spivack says,

By eventually connecting the Arch Libraries, and the Arch storage devices they contain, through a decentralized read-write data sharing network that spans the Solar System, we can begin to grow and share a collective decentralized library of everything humanity learns, on every planet in our Solar System, and even beyond, as we spread.

Find all of this too hypothetical and hard to believe, remember one thing that even satellites were considered unreal once.

Computer Scientist by qualification who loves to read, write, eat, and travel

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