Launch Windows: Space Station IT secrets

It cost £92bn, it flies at 17,300 miles an hour, and it has 100 laptops in close formation. The International Space Station is one of technology's greatest achievements, but the astronauts still need to phone home when the server crashes.

From cnet.co.ukIt cost £92bn, it flies at 17,300 miles an hour, and it has 100 laptops in close formation. The International Space Station is one of technology's greatest achievements, but the astronauts still need to phone home when the server crashes.

Two of the people behind Houston's problem-cracking IT crew have talked to CNET UK about what it's like to fix computers in deep space. Find out what it takes for a PC to get approved as the Right Stuff, whether astronauts can plug their Xboxes into the network, how they get their email, and whether they ever do get told to turn it off and on again.

Read more at CNET UK's Interview: The Space Station's IT guys.

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