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SpaceShuttle is a storage solution you can use to securely transfer, store, manage and share 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.

Why use SpaceShuttle? 

With SpaceShuttle, you can: 

  • Transfer data via the dedicated high-speed Australian Academic and Research Network optical fibre network (with no ingress or egress charges between AARNet destinations). 
  • Scale to petabytes of storage. 
  • Manage access to your data safely and securely, using your existing credentials. 
  • Share and collaborate with other researchers from universities and research organisations. 


SpaceShuttle allows you to connect your data to high performance and cloud computing platforms from Intersect and other providers. 

How does it work? 

SpaceShuttle provides a suite of tools to help move your data to and from active storage, share your data with collaborators, leveraging IBM Aspera's FaspTM technology to achieve speeds hundreds of times faster than FTP/HTTP (visit for more details). 


  • Transfer data at very high speed using IBM Aspera FaspTM technology.
  • Transfer securely using AES-128 data encryption.
  • Automate workflows using scriptable command line tools. 
  • Ingest data directly from instruments and sensors.



  • Your data is securely held in a Tier 3 data centre located in Sydney.
  • It is kept safe in entreprise-grade storage with multiple redundancies. 



  • Manage your own data using a convenient web browser interface.
  • Control who has access to your data. 
  • Interface your data to other systems. 


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

How do I get started with SpaceShuttle? 

Contact the Intersect eResearch Analyst at your institution for advice on getting started with SpaceShuttle or contact Intersect at

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The SpaceShuttle User guide is available here


Minimum Requirements 

  • Mac OS X 10.7+, Windows 2008r2, 2012, Linux 64-bit and later
  • Internet Explorer 8+, Firefox 27+, Google Chrome 32+, Safari 6+ and later
  • AAF account for authentication
  • Access for non-AAF members available through your affiliated University / institution via the AAF Virtual Home


Nominal Performance

  • Interconnect speeds AARNet: 10 Gigabits per second (Gb/s), Science DMZ: 10 Gb/s, 10 Gb/s, institutions: 1 Gb/s, 10 Gb/s, 40 Gb/s
  • Storage capacity up to 50 Petabytes.
Note: All figures are rated maximums. Actual performance will vary depending on local technical constraints. 


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