Virtual desktops online in space

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Astronauts get quality of life enhancements

Astronauts get quality of life enhancements

The project is part of a broader effort to enhance the quality of life of astronauts during long-duration missions by helping to ease the isolation associated with life in a closed environment.

 

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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