Computer, Laptop, Shuttle Onboard

This laptop computer was carried aboard at least two early Shuttle flights, STS-35 and STS-36. It was slightly modified from a commercial laptop manufactured by Grid Systems, Inc. Software pre-loaded onto the computer handled basic navigation, time-management, and other tasks for the crew.

The "GRiD" was similar to other commercial laptops, except for its so-called bubble memory instead of a hard disk, and an orange, electro-luminescent display instead of the more common LCDs. NASA felt at the time that both features made it more suitable for a space environment.

Gift of Grid Systems, Inc.

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Grid Systems, Inc.

Type
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose

Materials
Case - Black Metal
Display - Glass
Keyboard - Plastic
Dimensions
3-D: 29.2 x 38.1 x 6.4cm (11 1/2 x 15 x 2 1/2 in.)

This laptop computer was carried aboard at least two early Shuttle flights, STS-35 and STS-36. It was slightly modified from a commercial laptop manufactured by Grid Systems, Inc. Software pre-loaded onto the computer handled basic navigation, time-management, and other tasks for the crew.

The "GRiD" was similar to other commercial laptops, except for its so-called bubble memory instead of a hard disk, and an orange, electro-luminescent display instead of the more common LCDs. NASA felt at the time that both features made it more suitable for a space environment.

Gift of Grid Systems, Inc.

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Grid Systems, Inc.

Type
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose

Materials
Case - Black Metal
Display - Glass
Keyboard - Plastic
Dimensions
3-D: 29.2 x 38.1 x 6.4cm (11 1/2 x 15 x 2 1/2 in.)

ID: A19920062000