Computer, Payload and General-Purpose, Shuttle

Computer, Payload and General-Purpose, Shuttle

     

The Payload and General Purpose Computer is modified version of a commercial laptop computer and is one of the first of many laptops that have been used by Shuttle astronauts for a variety of mission duties. The computer, manufactured by Grid Systems, Inc., was chosen because of its durable metal case and because its memory did not use a rotating disk, which at that time was considered prone to mechanical failure. Modifications were made to adapt it for use in space by SAI Technology, a division of SAIC. NASA and other contractors also developed custom software for the device.

This laptop flew on Shuttle mission STS-56, in April 1993. NASA transferred this computer to the Museum in 1998.

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Grid Systems, Inc.
Subcontractor
SAIC

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Human Spaceflight

Type
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose

Materials
Metal, Black
Keyboard and Display - Plastic
Dimensions
3-D: 29.2 x 38.1 x 7.6cm (11 1/2 x 15 x 3 in.)

The Payload and General Purpose Computer is modified version of a commercial laptop computer and is one of the first of many laptops that have been used by Shuttle astronauts for a variety of mission duties. The computer, manufactured by Grid Systems, Inc., was chosen because of its durable metal case and because its memory did not use a rotating disk, which at that time was considered prone to mechanical failure. Modifications were made to adapt it for use in space by SAI Technology, a division of SAIC. NASA and other contractors also developed custom software for the device.

This laptop flew on Shuttle mission STS-56, in April 1993. NASA transferred this computer to the Museum in 1998.

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Grid Systems, Inc.
Subcontractor
SAIC

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Human Spaceflight

Type
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose

Materials
Metal, Black
Keyboard and Display - Plastic
Dimensions
3-D: 29.2 x 38.1 x 7.6cm (11 1/2 x 15 x 3 in.)

ID: A19980083000