NASA gets new Alphas

NASA gets new Alphas

By fall, the space shuttle and the International Space Station will have ground support from 475 new workstations at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The Compaq AlphaStation XP900 and XP1000 workstations replace aging Digital Equipment Corp. systems, some of which date back to 1993.

'The DEC Alphas were so old they weren't maintainable anymore,' said Jack Knight, chief of the center's Advanced Operations and Development Division.

The $4.7 million buy included 635 Compaq P1210 color monitors. Knight said some workstations will have multiple monitors.

Lockheed Martin Space Operations of Houston is upgrading the workstations under its NASA-wide Consolidated Space Operations Contract.

All the AlphaStations should be in place by September, Knight said. Those installed so far are a 'very, very noticeable improvement' over their predecessors, and flight controllers like them, Knight said.

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