FAQ

These are some of the more frequently asked questions. Please review and should your particular question not be posted or should these trigger a question of your own, we encourage you to submit your question below and someone will respond ASAP. Your entry is confidential and who knows, it may show up on our FAQ page in the future.


Q: What type of memory chips are used in your solid state memory?

A: The CALCULEX MONSSTR recorders utilize non-volatile NAND Flash memory devices. Advantages of this type of memory are low power, and most importantly, retention of recorded data in the event of a loss of power.


Q:Will the solid state memory ever wear out?

A:The memory selected for use in MONSSTR recorders is rated for over 1 million erase/write cycles.


Q:How long can I store data in this solid state memory?

A: The memory selected for use in MONSSTR recorders has a data retention of 10 years minimum.


Q:Can I erase what is stored in memory?

A: Yes. All MONSSTR recorders have an ERASE function as well as a SECURE ERASE function. The ERASE function removes previously recorded data retained in memory so that a new recording is in compliance with system performance parameters. The SECURE ERASE function is a procedure of repetitious erase patterns that follows the guidelines of NSA SECURE ERASE procedures for the type of memory that is utilized in MONSSTR.


Q:If I have a fully recorded 68GB memory canister, how long will it take to ERASE, and if required, to SECURE ERASE?

A: For a 68GB memory canister, the normal ERASE time is 105 seconds (1.75 minutes). To perform a SECURE ERASE function on this capacity memory canister is 35 minutes.


Q:I have seen pictures of both Orange and Black MONSSTR recorders, do I have a choice.

A: The MONSSTR 5000 and 6000 series recorders are available in either International Orange, or Black. The MONSSTR 2300(V1) system is available in a black or orange anodized matte finish. Custom colors will be considered on an individual basis.


Q:I am interested in a MONSSTR 6000 series with the MMUX multiplexer, and will be recording 8 channels of MIL-STD-1553 data and 8 channels of 20Mbs PCM data, for a one hour test flight. How much memory will I need?

A: Your data rate will be an aggregate of 8Mbps for the MIL-STD-1553 inputs, and 160 Mbps for the PCM inputs, resulting in a combined data rate of 168Mbps, or 21MBps. Multiply this by 3600 (60 seconds in a minute x 60 minutes in an hour). This results in a memory requirement of 75.6GB. This requirement would require our 85GB memory canister.


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