Asteroid Exploration & Mission Critical Disaster Recovery

Written by Admin Account, April 30, 2019


This project supported a mission to collect data from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft passing by the surface of Bennu, a carbonaceous asteroid. OSIRIS-REx is set to collect soil samples and transmit data to help scientists understand how planets formed, life began and how to prevent an asteroid-Earth collision. The 3RP team implemented critical Oracle database best practices and disaster recovery plans to ensure the security and safety of the data transmitted from the satellite back to Earth.

Approach and Challenges 


  • Assess current Oracle primary and backup database environments
  • Create and validate switchover scripts
  • Review and incorporate disaster recovery best practices to minimize downtime and data loss associated with a database failure
  • Provide detailed disaster recovery steps and timeframes including compressed Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO)
  • Ensure seamless collection, movement, security and recovery of data received from space between the primary and secondary Oracle databases


  • Primary and secondary systems ran from two versions of virtualized Oracle database appliances, which required integration to provide a seamless data backup and recovery process
  • With a fixed satellite landing date, the project had no margin for error on delivery


The 3RP team delivered a robust and improved disaster recovery plan to ensure irreplaceable data from outer space is securely backed up and never lost.
Our team implemented best practices to manage and receive data between the primary and secondary Oracle databases to keep this mission on track now and in the future.


  • Reduced RTO from hours to minutes
  • Compressed RPO from hours to seconds
  • Provided Subject Matter expertise and client training
  • Incorporated Best Practices for database backup and cloning

Database Administration may not be rocket science, but when a Rocket Scientist needs DBA help, they call 3RP.

About the Client

Leading University
Tuscon, AZ, US and Outer Space
Employees: 800+
Industry/Market: Aerospace, Research, Academia

A leading state University based in Arizona dedicated to academic excellence, interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships.

The University is working in conjunction with a government organization dedicated to scientific and technological achievements in spaceflight, aeronautics, space science, and space applications.

About 3RP Technology Solutions

3RP Technology Solutions is a full-service Management Consulting firm helping Senior Business and IT Executives accelerate business strategy into action.

From Strategy to Transformation thru Optimization, we engage at any stage to critically assess your current state, working with you to create actionable plans and help you execute.