Virtual desktops online in space


Earth from space

Earth from space

With Earth hundreds of thousands of miles away keeping in contact is vital for astronauts. The Citrix technology helps men and women in space retain some semblence of family life despite their isolation.


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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