Neato, a follow up from our show!
Was just checking out the Ask An Engineer from this weekend and saw your mention of Grid Systems. The retro-computing group I hang out with just met on Saturday and my friend Ian had his GRiD Compass running NASA SPOC at the meeting. Folks were a bit excited. We were talking about all the firsts and perhaps how the GRiD was a bit before it’s time since it was priced for executives of huge companies, but executives maybe didn’t want or need a computer in their wood paneled offices.
This is SPOC, the navigation software that was used on board the Space Shuttle, which I showed at the last meeting.
I rolled a *bootable* 3.5″ 1.44mb floppy image of it:
It includes both the last known version of GRiD’s Compass-OS compatibility libraries for DOS (Integrid) and the NASA Spaceshuttle Onboard Computer software itself.
It was at one point a public domain release from NASA, but it’s hard to find, and the version of the Integrid runtime they originally packed with it is kinda broken- so if you try running it on non-GRiD hardware it can be a bad time. It’s also picky about the version of DOS it runs under. This repack is a much easier way to deal with it.
This floppy will *probably* run on your sufficiently vintage PC. Write it to a disk and give it a shot!
CODE key is mapped to Alt.
CODE+Return to confirm.
CODE+? For help.
Make sure launch time state vector time current time, and all are less than Y2K.
John Ellenby, Visionary Who Helped Create Early Laptop, Dies at 75 – NYTimes.