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What is SpaceShuttle?

SpaceShuttle is a storage solution that securely transfers, stores, manages and shares large amounts of active research data. Data is read, written, copied or moved over the Internet at maximum speed using the most efficient transmission technology available. SpaceShuttle uses a combination of disk and tape with two copies stored on tape so you can be confident of its integrity.

Who is it for?

Individual researchers or groups (for example faculties, facilities or institutions) needing to share and collaborate with other researchers during a data-active phase of research using their own computing facilities. SpaceShuttle is particularly useful for data that has outgrown the limitations of consumer grade products or in-house file servers.

Why use SpaceShuttle?

With SpaceShuttle, you can:

  • Transfer data via the dedicated high-speed optical fibre network with no ingress or egress charges between AARNet destinations.
  • Effortlessly scale to petabytes of storage.
  • Manage access to your data safely and securely, typically using your own organisation’s credentials.
  • Share simply and seamlessly with people across organisational boundaries.
  • Connect your data easily to high performance and cloud computing platforms like Intersect HPC, Intersect OwnTime, Intersect NeCTAR, or access it from Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud and others.

How does it work?

SpaceShuttle provides a suite of tools to help share your data with collaborators. Move your data – fast – to and from active storage by leveraging AsperaSoft FASPTM transfer technology to achieve speeds hundreds of times faster than FTP/HTTP (learn more at


  • Transfer information at maximum speed using state-of-the-art network protocols for high volume, high speed data.
  • Transmit securely using AES-128 data encryption, with the confidence that your data remains private over the wire.
  • Automate workflows using scriptable command line tools (optional).
  • Ingest data directly from instruments and sensors.


  • Your data is securely held in Tier 3 datacentre locations in Sydney, with the highest levels of accredited security, availability and reliability.
  • It is kept safe in industrial-grade storage by writing multiple physical copies.
  • Intersect is a Not-For-Profit organisation operated by NSW and ACT Universities with all data stored on Australian soil under NSW jurisdiction to preserve data sovereignty


  • Manage your own data using a convenient self-serve web browser interface.
  • Control who has access to your data autonomously.
  • Transfer your data at high speed to high performance and cloud computing platforms.
  • Integrate your applications using Aspera SDK web service APIs (REST and SOAP) and native libraries for Java, .NET, and C++.


  • Share files or folders of unlimited size using a URL.
  • Share broadly or limit access to your data, using single-use access tokens.
  • Collaborate actively using a web interface.

Minimum Requirements

  • Windows: 7+; Mac OS X 10.7+; Linux 64-bit
  • Firefox 27+, Google Chrome 32+, Internet Explorer 8+, Safari 7+
  • Optional Linux ssh command line implementation
  • AAF account for authentication. Access for non-AAF members available through your affiliated university/institution via the AAF Virtual Home,
  • Network ports: tcp/33001 (FASP), udp/33001 (FASP).

Nominal Performance

  • Interconnect speeds: AARNet: 10 Gigabits per second (Gb/s), 10 Gb/s, Institution: 1 Gb/s, 10 Gb/s and 40 Gb/s, Amazon Web Services: 10 Gb/s
  • Intersect uses the Science DMZ network model, a high performance, high bandwidth architecture optimising data transfers (10 Gb/s and up)
  • Storage capacity: up to 50 Petabytes
  • Active disk data rate: up to 8 Gigabits/s throughput Note: All figures are rated maximums. Actual performance will vary depending on local technical constraints.

How do I get started with SpaceShuttle?

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