Solar Powered Data Center

Barker and Rock (2009) describe how improvements can be made to a test facility that can greatly enhance research design.  The testing of sensors and actuators in inertial and non inertial sensors can provide information such as seismic and vibration readings for determining location and navigation for an orbital solar cloud platform (Thielman, Bennett, Barker, & Ash, 2002).  Improvements to the construction and design of these systems can lower the cost significantly and provide an unmanned orbital aircraft that can serve as a data center that can save messages via satellite.   An orbital solar powered data center that is launched into space and rotates around the earth has advantages in that it can save vital land resources, provide services for other space systems, and be powered from solar energy.  

Gheorghe (2016) suggests further research in temperature dependency in sensors and microcontrollers.   A significant portion of the costs in data centers is due to power and cooling.  The lower temperatures of orbital systems may reduce the cost of cooling but testing of equipment in this area may increase requirements of testing and calibration in these areas: body frame
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Hamilton (2010) estimated the costs of building a high-scale data center.  If the development of an orbital data center can be reduced by improvements to sensors and actuators, on-going costs of an orbital data center can be reduced by negating the need for significant power, cooling, and labor resources.  Improvements and availability of sensors and actuators can also lower the power costs, lower the maintenance costs, and  increase the overall availability of these services (Castagno, Curry, & Loree, 2006; Gheorghe, 2016).

Additional alternatives to orbital solar powered data centers include land solar-powered data centers and fuel-powered data centers (Riekstin, James, Kansal, Liu, & Peterson, 2014).

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