Palm m125 Aboard International Space Station
When a Russian Soyuz rocket launched yesterday, bound for the International Space Station, it carried with it a Palm m125. It is being used by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth. Because his activities in space are scheduled down to the minute, a special scheduling application was needed. Palm South Africa worked with Rafale, a South African Palm OS development company, to create a customized Date Book application so that Mr. Shuttleworth events could be scheduled on a minute-by-minute basis.
The application built by Rafale allows Moscow Mission Control to update his activity schedule in an Access Database and email it to the space station. Mr. Shuttleworth than saves the updated information to his Palm Desktop software on his laptop and then synchronizes it to his Palm m125.
Palm users can download Mr. Shuttleworth daily activity schedule from Palm South Africa during the 10-day mission.
The Palm m125 is the only handheld computer to be approved for space travel on the Soyuz.
Mark Shuttleworth paid $20 million for this trip to the International Space Station. He's been in cosmonaut training for seven months.
This isn't just a tourist trip; he will be conducting several experiments with the help of South African scientists and Russian space-science experts. He will examine the impact of zero-gravity on the development of stem cells and embryos. He will attempt to discover the effect of microgravity on the cardiovascular system and muscles. He will also try to crystallise HIV proteins in weightlessness in the hopes that, when X-rayed, they will give an accurate view of the virus structure.
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