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Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon

Toshiba stand staff at the Huawei Connect conference 2017 in Shanghai said a 14TB helium-filled disk drive would arrive "very soon". They confirmed that meant before the end of the year. Such a capacity would leapfrog Seagate's 12TB helium-filled drive. Currently Toshiba's largest disk drive, the MN series NAS drive, holds …
Chris Mellor, 5 Sep 2017
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WD's 10TB Gold nugget

WD has taken its 8TB helium-filled, Gold-branded data centre disk drive and upped its capacity from 8TB to 10TB. The spin speed of 7,200rpm and the 6Gbit/s SATA interface stay the same, as does the 2.5 million hour mean time between failures rating and the 550TB/year workload. Cache doubles from 128MB to 256MB and the maximum …
Chris Mellor, 2 Aug 2016
Artist's impression of the podule in flight, under the balloon. Pic: World View

Capacity limits are utter tosh: Toshiba fattens SSD, disk with flash layers, helium

Analysis Toshiba is looking to boosted flash and disk capacities to grow storage revenues and help returned the troubled company to growth. In a July 6 in-house presentation investor relations briefing by Yasuo Naruke, President and CEO of Toshiba’s Storage and Electronic Devices Solutions Company, information was revealed …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jul 2016
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Spinning rust fans reckon we'll have 18TB disk drives in two years

We could see nine platter helium-filled disk drives because the manufacturers can cram more thinner platters inside a helium-filled enclosure. According to a TrendsFocus report, current disk platter separator components could be eliminated and enable eight or nine platters to be used in the same 3.5-inch enclosures that …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2016

NASA preps stadium-size sandwich bag launch

NASA is gearing up for the fourth launch of its high-altitude, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) tech, which involves hosting a 1,025kg payload aloft under a helium-filled "pumpkin-shaped, football stadium-size balloon" crafted from "22-acres of polyethylene film - similar to a sandwich bag, but stronger". The SPB will …
Lester Haines, 8 Mar 2016
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Seagate floats out 10TB HDD filled with lifting gas

Seagate has caught up with WDC’s HGST unit and built a 7-platter, 10TB disk drive filled with helium gas. Western Digital Corporation (WDC) introduced its own 10TB Ultrastar He10 drive in December last year. This was a standard PMR tech drive, unlike the Ultrastar Archive Ha10 announced in June 2015, which used shingled …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2016

Damn well knew it! Seagate has helium drives in its labs

Seagate told analysts on Wednesday it is crafting its own helium-filled drives in its development labs, and is months away from shipping them as products. Helium gas has lower friction than air, and HGST is using this gas inside its sealed He8 and He10 disk drive enclosures to provide 7-platter drives. The platters can be …
Chris Mellor, 2 Sep 2015
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Muted HAMR blow from Seagate: damp squib drive coming in 2016

Analysis Seagate R&D bigwig Jan-Ulrich Thiele says the first Seagate prototype drives built with heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) will arrive in late 2016 and have just 4TB capacity, according to Heise.de. This is not quite right as what Seagate says is: "Seagate anticipates shipping a small number of HAMR qualification units to …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2015
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Helium-filled drive tech floats to top of HGST heap

HGST has announced second-generation helium drive tech after shipping a million gen-1 Helium drives and upping field reliability by 15 per cent. These drives have enclosures filled with helium instead of air. This is only 14 per cent of the density of air, so platters spin with less friction, vibrating less and needing less …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2015
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Helium HDD prices rise way above air-filled spinning rust

A 6TB Helium-filled drive from HGST costs $120 more than a traditional 6TB drive from Seagate. Analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD, Aaron Rakers, interviewed Seagate’s CFO, Pat O’Malley, and noted afterwards that Seagate estimated an approximate $30/drive extra cost versus traditional air-filled drives. Rakers notes the “HGST (WD …
Chris Mellor, 6 Feb 2015

New development in 'stadium-sized' FLYING SAUCER orb invasion

Pics NASA has clarified the exact size of the mighty helium balloon that will later today lift its Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) over the Pacific Ocean. As we reported yesterday, the agency vaguely described the whopping 963,000 cubic metre orb as so big you could "fit a professional football stadium inside it". The …
Lester Haines, 3 Jun 2014

Bother! Breakdown busts bloke's bold boffin-blasted briny boat balloon bid

An IT bloke hoping to fly across the Atlantic in a small boat suspended Up-style beneath a cluster of multicoloured balloons has had his dream dashed, according to reports. Jonathan Trappe lifted off in heavy fog from the US state of Maine on Thursday, hoping that the forecast winds would carry his small yellow lifeboat …
Lewis Page, 16 Sep 2013
Concept of the 'Skytug' hybrid airship. Credit: Lockheed Martin

First rigid airship since the Hindenburg cleared for outdoor flight trials

Good news for airship fanciers this week, as it appears that the world's first rigid airship since the 1930s will soon take to the skies for flight trials: and better still, this ship has a new piece of technology which could actually change the existing landscape and permit the leviathans of the skies to return. Rigid ships …
Lewis Page, 11 Sep 2013

Ultralight party balloons in WEEK-LONG marathon flight

A couple of ultralight balloon payloads have for the past week traced suggestive paths over Europe, and continue to transmit from the skies over Belarus and Bulgaria (click pic for a bigger version): The rather phallic tracks of the balloons seen on spacenear.us Leo Bodnar's B-11 and B-12 missions were launched from Blighty …
Lester Haines, 9 Sep 2013

Boffins blast briny boat balloon bid as 'gross waste of helium'

A British boffinry organisation has issued a stinging rebuke to an American daredevil who plans to cross the Atlantic in a small boat suspended beneath a huge cluster of helium balloons - somewhat in the style of cartoon flying house eldster-quest aerial battle movie Up. Jonathan Trappe, who has in fact already made a flight …
Lewis Page, 9 Jul 2013

WD HAMRs down shingles on disk drive road map

Analysis Twenty years ago a myriad of hard drive vendors pushing essentially the same technology fought themselves into oblivion. Over the coming years the remaining players will be pushing traditional technology to its limits to extend the life of hard disk technology. While the industry is pretty much standardised on perpendicular …
Joe Fay, 25 Jun 2013
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ESA retires Herschel space telescope as too hot to handle

The European Space Agency has formally retired the Herschel space telescope after nearly four years of operation, and has placed it in a parking orbit that will keep it out of Earth's way. Herschel's at rest at last Herschel's at rest at last Hershcel, along with the Planck space telescope, was launched on May 14, 2009, …
Iain Thomson, 30 Apr 2013
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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg enters trials

The first rigid airship to be built since the 1930s is about to commence trials in California: and the Pelican prototype also features a new technology, never yet flown, which could finally change things for lighter-than-air craft and see the leviathans of the skies make a serious comeback at last. The 230ft-long, 18-ton …
Lewis Page, 7 Jan 2013

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