Computer, Onboard, GRID Compass II, Shuttle

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Display Status:

This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

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.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Gift of the Grid System Corporation

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.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

INSTRUMENTS-Flight Management

Inventory Number

A19890006000