Virtual desktops online in space

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Crew support LAN in HD

Crew support LAN in HD

NASA has incorporated Citrix XenDesktop with high-definition HDX technology into the recently launched Crew Support LAN.

 

Astronauts at the International Space Station are being given access to applications and websites through Citrix’s XenDesktop software.

The software has been incorporated into the launched Crew Support LAN which gives astronauts direct and private access to computing resources to help improve the solitary lives of space station inhabitants.

In the past limited bandwidth and significant latency meant, for example, messages on Twitter, had to be emailed to the ground before they could be sent to the astronaut’s family members. These had to be shared with ground staff.

 

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That's a welcome development for astronauts and cosmonauts. The best part is that their connection is in HD, which is more than what the average household has.

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