Nasa puts space station software to the test

Nasa puts space station software to the test

Summary: A look inside the lab housing a duplicate set of the systems on the International Space Station, Nasa and Boeing check new software out before uploading it to the station

TOPICS: Networking

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  • Computer terminal that duplicates a robotic arm onboard the ISS

    This computer terminal is the same as one used to control a robotic arm onboard the ISS.

    The lab runs new software on the terminal to check the code will work properly in orbit.

    The three upper displays seen here show video feeds from a camera on the arm, allowing crew members to use the joystick to steer the arm to its target.

    The station's main robotic arm is used for a wide range of purposes, including station assembly, maintenance and anchoring astronauts during spacewalks.

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  • Motor berth controllers for the space station

    Pictured here is one of the space station's motor berth controllers, which attach spacecraft to the station during the docking process.

    The device controls the automated bolts that secure visiting spacecraft to the space station.

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    For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Photos: Nasa's space station computing centre on

Topic: Networking


Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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