HP wins contract for $2.5 billion IT deal with NASA, we dream of TouchPads in low Earth orbit 72
NASA has long been at the forefront of computing technology, even if all they needed to get a man on the moon was a slide rule (and 3,500 tons of metal and 960,000 gallons of fuel), and they just signed a contract with HP worth $2.5 billion over the next ten years to ensure they stay that way. While NASA’s engineers and astronauts will be busy putting things into orbit, HP will be busy providing the space agency with computers, servers, software, and mobile IT services. HP has had a long history with NASA, in fact back in 2007 they signed a seven-year $5.6 billion contract for desktops, servers, mainframes, and printers.
What gets us all in a nerd frenzy is the “mobile IT services” part. It’s not exactly clear what that means, as it could just be HP managing NASA’s Microsoft Exchange servers, but we can’t help but imagine it leading to webOS devices throughout NASA, and maybe eventually in space. Right now, astronauts on the International Space Station get their mobile computing on with what we can’t help but imagine are less-than-modern laptops that have been up on the station for the past several years (believe it or not, the ISS has been continuously occupied since November 2000).
We say send up a few HP TouchPads, a nice Wi-Fi router, and an HP Envy laptop or two for the heavy computational lifting. If just so we can run around in our fishbowls spacesuits yelling “webOS in spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace.” And because astronauts deserve the very best in technology; they’re putting their lives on the line at the edge of space, after all.