Virtual desktops online in space

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A virtual world

A virtual world

Using XenDesktop, virtual desktops are in a data-centre located on the ground, and can be accessed by the ISS crew using laptops located on the space station.

 

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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