About Home

Objects on Display

Computer, Payload and General-Purpose, Shuttle

Image Not Available

Display Status:

This object is on display in the Human Spaceflight exhibition station at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.


Manufacturer: Grid Systems, Inc.

Subcontractor: SAIC

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: 3-D: 29.2 x 38.1 x 7.6cm (11 1/2 x 15 x 3 in.)

Materials: Metal, Black Keyboard and Display - Plastic

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.

Inventory number: A19980083000

Visit | Events | Exhibitions | Objects        Bookmark and Share