Computer, Onboard, GRID Compass II, Shuttle
Early Shuttle missions carried a laptop computer made by Grid Systems, Inc. The Grid was chosen because of its rugged metal case and its use of a solid state memory instead of a rotating disk. Software developed for the Grid included a graphic that displayed the Orbiter's position in space at any given time, relative to the Earth and to the line of daylight/darkness.
This is an unflown model identical to those flown on early Shuttle missions.
Gift of the Grid System Corporation
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- Grid Systems, Inc.
- INSTRUMENTS-Flight Management
- Magnesium alloy, steel, plastic, paint, gold plating, glass
- Solid State electronics inside. Glass "Electroluminescent" display.
- 3-D: 38.1 x 5.7 x 29.8cm (15 x 2 1/4 x 11 3/4 in.)