A few days ago I blogged about Elon Musk's launch of a Tesla space roadster, and you'll recall that I wasn't buying the story that this was just a "stunt" or that there wasn't the possibility of a "secret payload." Well, it seems others weren't buying that story either, and Mr. G.D. spotted this article about what that secret payload may have been:

SpaceX Hid a Second, Secret Payload Aboard Falcon Heavy, And It Sounds Amazing

The essence of this story is that the hidden payload was a vast new data storage technology:

Stashed inside the midnight-cherry Roadster was a mysterious, small object designed to last for millions (perhaps billions) of years – even in extreme environments like space, or on the distant surfaces of far-flung planetary bodies.

Called an Arch (pronounced 'Ark'), this tiny storage device is built for long-term data archiving, holding libraries of information encoded on a small disc of quartz crystal, not much larger than a coin.


The Arch looks like a shrunk-down DVD or Blu-ray, but its potential for data storage goes way beyond any optical discs you have in your home.

The technology, developed by physicist Peter Kazansky from the University of Southampton in the UK, can theoretically hold up to 360 terabytes of data, about the same amount as 7,000 Blu-Ray discs.

But even more impressive than the data capacity is the physical longevity of the medium – the first two discs, called Arch 1.1 and Arch 1.2, are said to be two of the longest-lasting storage objects ever created by humans, theoretically stable for up to 14 billion years, thanks to '5D data storage' inscribed by laser nanostructuring in quartz silica glass.

The Arch 1.2 disc currently making its way through space on Musk's Tesla Roadster at a cruising speed of some 12,908 km/h (8,021 mph) has been loaded up with Issac Asimov's Foundation trilogy – a seminal sci-fi classic, similarly concerned with the concept of preserving human knowledge and culture in a vast, unforgiving Universe.

It's a mission perfectly aligned with the goals of the Arch's developers, who have named this maiden disc launch the 'Solar Library'.

"The Solar Library will orbit the Sun for billions of years," explains co-founder Nova Spivack.

"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."(Emphasis added)

Now, assuming all this to be true, my high octane speculations ran in many different directions. First, there is the notable assertion of data storage in artificially grown (quartz) crystal. Crystals have long been thought to be vehicles for data storage, and I speculated on this possibility in conjunction with the Sumerian legends concerning the Tablets of Destinies in my book The Cosmic War: Interplanetary Warfare, Modern Physics, and Ancient Texts. Now if this story is true, then there's a whopper doozie of an implication contained within it, for the assumption of a crystal data storage technology contains within it the implicit technology to retrieve such data. That in turn carries the further implication that if one suspected one had encountered a very old crystaline data storage unit of some sort, that one could possibly retrieve that data. Secondly, the idea that SpaceX's stunt of orbiting a Tesla roadster is "the first step of an epic human project to curate, encode, and distribute our data across the Solar System and beyond" raises yet another possibility, namely, that such a project was done in the distant mists of prehistory, and indeed, as I pointed out in The Cosmic War, something like that appears to be implied by some texts in the Mesopotamian "Epic" of Ninurta, which I have argued is hardly an epic at all, but rather simply an inventory of ancient technologies and of their destruction, and in some cases, secreting around the solar system.

But thirdly and finally (though I do not think the speculations here can be limited to just these three possibilities), I had to wonder if sending Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy - one of my favorite science fiction series - into space was not the only thing being done here. The article would have us believe that this was primary about sending data into space. But what if the real purpose was the opposite: to obtain data and write it on such disks for subsequent retrieval? After all, if their near "indestructibility" - a point which recalls, again rather too closely for comfort, similar assertions in the "Epic" of Ninurta of a class of objects that could not be destroyed and which therefore had to be hidden - provides a convenient medium for data storage, why not use them to record data and then send the disks back to Earth? After all, they are very small, and doing so would not be all that expensive nor technologically unfeasible.

In short, what disturbed me most of all about this article was its uncanny resemblance to that ancient text, and the disturbing possibility that it may be being used as a template of action regarding space matters. If so, then that in turn raises a further disturbing possibility, namely, that the "cosmic war" may not be over...

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. paraschtick on March 7, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Is it just me or does the footage of the supposed car in space look fake? I mean it is a quite good fake. The technology has improved some what since the 60s. I can’t quite put my finger on it … but my gut tells me it’s fake (silly I know but … my gut is usually very right about these things. See: 9/11, the Boston Bombing etc … and my gut knows pretty well when something is real and isn’t.

    Still the article is still very interesting. Would be good to have something that didn’t fall apart in less than 10 years …

    But until I know otherwise, I’m calling BS on this car in space thing …

  2. Cara on March 7, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    This seems “alchemical” in some way to me…. a crystalline, geometric structure, filled with symbols (Asimov book), making geometric, perhaps cyclical progress through the cosmos. Geometry, harmonics, meaning?

  3. James on March 7, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Art imitates reality time and time again. Blade Runner 2049 most poignantly gives one a glimpse of the crystal storage media and the penchant for genius inventors desire to “archive” data. The truly interesting action of using the ostensible harshness of space to “protect” this data for billions of years really does make one go huuuuummmm.
    What is anticipated to happen to our Earth? Huummmm

  4. JAFO on March 6, 2018 at 9:49 pm


    Heck, I wasn’t even following the events around this particular launch until the day it happened, and even I heard about it whilst watching the launch live. The official SpaceX commentators talked about it, and other science youtubers I follow mentioned it too.

    Not much of a “secret”, if it’s blabbed about during the launch, and mentioned in press releases.

    Hyperbole much?

  5. anakephalaiosis on March 6, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Six million Cryonics on the rocks have been uploaded, and are now heading for the whiskey planet.

    Science fiction is real in my mind.

    File sharing with the Aliens.

  6. marcos toledo on March 6, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Is this a retrieval of a library in orbit in the Solar System. This was partially taken up in an episode of the original Star Trek episode. They would have to know the password or access code to achieve this mission. The question is where and when they found the key.

    • goshawks on March 6, 2018 at 3:15 pm

      If Tiamat actually exploded (with or without enemy action), then anything in orbit around it – perhaps a far orbit – would have gone into a Sun orbit with varying degrees of eccentricity. With all the chaos of those days, many spacecraft, space stations, and orbital factories – even starships under maintenance – could have been ‘lost’. We may have many ‘data libraries’ of varying degrees in oddball orbits, waiting to be found…

  7. OrigensChild on March 6, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Here’s that reference to B5 again. Data crystals. All over the place they are in that series.

  8. goshawks on March 6, 2018 at 6:39 am

    JPF: “…namely, that the ‘cosmic war’ may not be over…”

    Going down the Gizar route for now: Ancient war. Remnant ‘people’ and technologies. Continuity of purpose.

    If one were securely ensconced on a planet for thousands of years, why would one launch their history or genealogy into long-term space-storage? If they were expecting a cataclysm, of course. Perhaps, the ‘other side’ has gotten fed-up with the “Palestinization” of a planet and is coming-back to finish the job.

    Makes me wonder about the ‘earthquake’ under Washington DC not long ago, and the recent swarm of ‘earthquakes’ under the UK…

    • sagat1 on March 6, 2018 at 10:02 am

      Storage of essential data prior to an impending cataclysm for later retrival – that was also my intital thought. It would give the surviving elites a great advantage over anyone else if they were privvy to such technologically advanced information while other survivors started again as mere cavemen.

      All this talk also got me thinking about crystal skulls and whether they are indeed repositories of ancient wisdom, like a universal library. Again, perhaps the elites decoded them and have kept the knowledge private in order to control and rule over the rest of humanity, drip feeding tech to the masses as and when it suits their nefarious goals.

    • Dave Walton on March 6, 2018 at 1:18 pm

      Earthquakes may well be an important theme in the coming months and years.

  9. DanaThomas on March 6, 2018 at 6:29 am

    “I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

    • Joseph P. Farrell on March 6, 2018 at 9:53 am

      Shelley seems VERY apropos these days!

  10. wallaby on March 6, 2018 at 5:32 am

    This makes me wonder also whether ultra-high density and capacity storage technologies such as this already exist in the black projects world. For example, if you’ve ever made a rough order-of-magnitude estimate of how much storage would be required to store all the videos reputed to be on YouTube (billions), particularly since in recent years most are high resolution and often quite long videos, and if you’ve also also considered the rate at which new storage would need to be added, then it quickly becomes apparent that this surely could not be achieved with spinning disks. Not to mention all the other data that Google, Facebook, et al store. Since these tech companies seem to be in cahoots with the intelligence services, perhaps they have access to exotic storage technologies which are as yet kept secret from ordinary folks?

    • Baz on March 6, 2018 at 8:04 am

      Gabriel Kron’s Crystal Computer comes to mind ; a distributed information matrix for recording and storage.

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