Photos: From the IBM ThinkPad to the Apple iPad - the tech used on the ISS

1998 launch of station - IBM ThinkPad 760XD

The first laptop to be sent to the station, was the IBM ThinkPad 760XD, seen here being used by Susan J. Helms, expedition two flight engineer, in the Human Research Facility  in the US Laboratory. As is the case to this day, the machines that interacted with the station’s command and control systems ran a Linux-based OS and the support computers used for day-to-day operations, office tasks and entertainment ran Windows.

  • Operating systems: Windows 95 and 'early Linux'. Towards end of life switched to Windows 2000
  • CPU: 166MHz Intel Pentium I MMX
  • Display: 12.1" TFT (1024x768)
  • Memory: 48MB EDO RAM
  • Storage: 3GB HDD

Image: NASA

By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.