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

Manufacturer
Grid Systems, Inc.

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Moving Beyond Earth

Type
INSTRUMENTS-Flight Management

Materials
Magnesium alloy, steel, plastic, paint, gold plating, glass
Solid State electronics inside. Glass "Electroluminescent" display.
Dimensions
3-D: 38.1 x 5.7 x 29.8cm (15 x 2 1/4 x 11 3/4 in.)

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

Manufacturer
Grid Systems, Inc.

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Moving Beyond Earth

Type
INSTRUMENTS-Flight Management

Materials
Magnesium alloy, steel, plastic, paint, gold plating, glass
Solid State electronics inside. Glass "Electroluminescent" display.
Dimensions
3-D: 38.1 x 5.7 x 29.8cm (15 x 2 1/4 x 11 3/4 in.)

ID: A19890006000