Green Bank Telescope Produces 80TB of Data an Hour

SETI neural networks spot dozens of new mysterious signals emanating from distant galaxy reports the use of machine learning to identify 72 new fast radio bursts (FRBs) in a set of data in which 21 FRBs had already been identified using other methods. What really caught my eye in the article, however, was this:

Believe it or not, that five-hour session yielded 400 terabytes of transmission data.

Wow! I wasn’t sure whether to believe that or not. The article also says “…from a mysteriously noisy galaxy 3 billion miles away were discovered…”, which clearly can’t be true since Uranus averages close to 3 billion miles from the sun. However, a Berkeley article on this (AI helps track down mysterious cosmic radio bursts) also talks about the 400TB data set. Of course, I don’t know if that’s a typical data volume.

I was hoping to find more information on volumes of data collected by radio telescopes. The first thing that I discovered was from SKA telescope to generate more data than entire Internet in 2020. From that article:

The project is expected to deliver up to an exabyte a day of raw data, compressed to some 10 petabytes of data in images for storage.