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New company aims to store cloud data in space

An artist's concept of SpaceBelt constellation.

An artist’s concept of SpaceBelt constellation. Image Credit: Cloud Constellation Corporation

A small startup called Cloud Constellation Corporation has announced plans to build a space-based cloud storage network called SpaceBelt.

The SpaceBelt network will utilize a combination of Earth-orbiting satellites and secure ground networks to let cloud service providers, multifaceted businesses, and government entities store vast amounts of data securely in space and allow clients to retrieve their information in fractions of a second.

SpaceBelt Logo

The SpaceBelt logo. Image Credit: Cloud Constellation Corporation

Scott Sobhani, the co-founder and CEO of Cloud Constellation Corporation, describes SpaceBelt as cloud infrastructure, not a cloud service. He said the company’s global network plan involves a minimum network of seven satellites covering Earth starting as soon as 2019, with beta testing of the system beginning in 2018.

“SpaceBelt is the information ultra-highway of the future,” Sobhani told SpaceFlight Insider.

SpaceBelt is designed to communicate and modularly adapt over time as society’s needs and technologies change and grow. The scale of the data being stored and transmitted would be measured from petabytes to exabytes.

Sobhani said current methods to provide such data storage and communication services would cost over $4 billion.

“We have found a way to take a $4 billion network ambition to cover [the] globe to extract a more efficient and more dynamic way of connecting the world,” Sobhani said.

The Cloud Constellation team, composed of specialists in their respective fields from different areas of the satellite industry, reduced the cost of this concept to $460 million, making it more capable and efficient in the process.

Sobhani said the company is in talks with four major satellite manufacturers to make SpaceBelt a reality.

“The satellite industry is starting to show a lot of excitement for our system,” said Sobhani.

Sobhani said SpaceBelt is the product of merging the satellite telecommunications and cloud storage industry. He said no one has come up with such a plan in a way that they have before.

“SpaceBelt is uniquely able to guard and protect the data of our clients,” Sobhani said. “Space is a form of international waters. It is also accessible all the time.”

SpaceBelt’s offer of secure, fast, and adaptable data communications and storage is meant for a wide variety of industries. This includes medical, banking, insurance, energy, archiving, and government institutions, all of which handle vast amounts of data and their transfer between offices and clients.

The network also has designs to meet the needs of the military. Among them involve the secure controlling and data storage of automated drones, particularly in remote and hostile regions of the globe where real-time information is critical to mission success.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sobhani first worked at Hughes Aircraft Company after college. He later worked at Lockheed Martin, where he was involved in broadband communications, systems involved in cellular communications, and launch services.

Sobhani’s experience in the telecommunications industry is what eventually led to his cofounding of Cloud Constellation Corporation with Vice Chairman Hooshang Kaen and creating the SpaceBelt concept with his team.

“Quite literally, SpaceBelt is the cloud network above all others,” Sobhani said. “We have a truly unified integrated cloud network approach.”


Larry Klaes is an author and freelance journalist specializing in news and educational work on the sciences. Klae's past endeavors include editor of SETIQuest magazine and President of the Boston chapter of the National Space Society (NSS). Klaes joined SpaceFlight Insider in 2016.

Reader Comments

Marlene E Arenas Fierro

“The competition improves quality and efficiency of service”; Space Belt will be an amazing cloud infraestructure in telecomunication field; but some country could trust its military and goberment information to a private company?, specially when the information o “data” is confidential or state security?.
Larry Klaes everything you write is always very enlightening.

For security concerns, most countries are forced to save their most sensitive data to domestic data centers. Countries with limited site diversity options would be be attracted to having a neutral place to store and access this sensitive data from anywhere around the world, especially if it doesn’t involve traversing another country’s territory/network as it would today.

Several methods of SpaceBelt’s offering address this question, uniquely…

First, a country might decide to place its sensitive data on one or more SpaceBelt data centers to separate it exclusively from any other party. This would provide the country with beneficial site diversity, cybersecurity benefits and protection of the data from risk of force majeure or natural disaster events.

Alternatively, for a higher degree of sensitivity, an exclusive SpaceBelt network ring could be provided to the country to provide even more benefits.

Lastly, for added diplomatic protection, countries may also declare their own SpaceBelt data center as a sovereign territory/embassy in space. Today, there is a well-established framework of diplomatic protection available for flagged vessels in international waters.

Network control of these SpaceBelt data centers can be partitioned exclusively for any number of countries in need of a completely neutral and secure data center network… Today, this is something that is very hard to find, if not entirely impossible on a global scale, outside a country’s borders.

Marlene E Arenas Fierro

Thanks Mr. Scott Sobhani for answering my question. Space Belt will be amazing,! and excellent choice for institutions and countries that do no have the technology to keep their information safe. This is a stage of publicity; therefore, we will know through impeccable articles by Larry Klaes the latest news and benefits of Space Belt.
I wish the best success for you and Cloud Constelation Corporation in this extraordinary Project.

Thank you for the encouraging words, Marlene… much appreciated.

Daniel Wisehart

This is a fascinating idea, but I wonder what their target is for each terabyte of data stored. Launch costs are still significant and if a storage device goes bad, there is no way to service it. How do you store data in space in a cost effective manner?

Im excited to know the economics of Spacebelt. Lease by Terabyte? Single storage? Bulk storage? Redundancy? Customer to fully own the satellite? Who will operate the satellite?

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