NASA sends 120 HP ZBook Workstations to space!

NASA is sending 120 HP ZBook 15 Mobile Workstations to the International Space Station (ISS). Several tests carried out on these devices makes them ideal for extreme conditions.

Let’s face the facts…


HP ZBook Spacestation
HP ZBook 15’s have:
  • 6th Generation, server-grade Intel® Core™ or Intel® Xeon™ processors with quad-core processing power
  • Up to 2TB storage with dual HP Z Turbo Drives for enhanced speeds
  • Up to 32GB DDR4 memory & optional data protection with ECC memory
  • Military-Standard 810G (1) rating with 115,000 hours of testing
  • Up to 9.5 hours’ battery life (2) with HP long-life 4 cell Prismatic Battery
  • High-quality 3D content with NVIDIA® Quadro® M1000M graphics

How will the HP ZBook Workstations help on the ISS?

NASA has rocketed 120 ZBooks to space for a few reasons: maintenance operations on board the ISS, to support over 500 experiments, and to monitor the health of the astronauts. From retina exams, to connectivity with family and friends, to discovering more about the ‘unknown;’ the ZBooks can be used for almost everything.

Arguably, the most attractive selling point for the use of ZBooks in space is the durable and reliable design of these devices.

The rugged ZBook is custom-designed to withstand rigorous testing; including drop, shock, extreme temperatures; plus 20 years’ worth of radiation exposure in order to make suer it’s fit for the ISS.


ZBook Space Banner


The HP Z Turbo Drive helps optimise productivity with fast boot up speeds, application load time, and file transfers; ensuring that time in space isn’t wasted.

The 4K UHD display with optional HP DreamColor technology provides 8 million colour-accurate pixels, which means astronauts can experience crystal clear, immersive imagery.

The fully machined aluminium and die-cast magnesium body with diamond-cut edges makes the ZBook sleek and durable. The 18mm thin body means the device is easy to transport, whether your office is located on earth…or even in space!

Praise from NASA

According to Spacepatches: “NASA chose the HP ZBook 15 for its primary computer onboard the ISS after conducting an extensive battery of tests, including radiation, to ensure it could stand up to the rigors of space and the zero gravity environment.”

“But what makes NASA’s selection of HP’s ZBooks even more remarkable is that they are ‘Commercial Off The Shelf’ (COTS) devices. The only customisation needed was to convert the voltage to address the unique needs of the solar powered ISS.”

The light-body, reliability, and durability of the COTS HP ZBook 15’s means you can take these rugged devices with you on any mission.

We hope everything goes smoothly aboard Mission Z!

Need a device that’s rugged, sleek & durable? Shop HP ZBook Workstations (non-COTS) here

Our range of HP ZBook Workstations are durable enough to withstand any work day, and stand up to MIL-STD 810G testing.

If you’re interested in learning more about HP Workstations, or need tech advice for your wider IT strategy, please don’t hesitate to call our BT Business Direct IT Specialists on: 0870 429 3010.


(1) MIL STD 810G testing is not intended to demonstrate fitness for U.S. Department of Defense contract requirements or for military use. Test results are not a guarantee of future performance under these test conditions. Damage under the MIL STD test conditions or any accidental damage requires an optional HP Accidental Damage Protection Care Pack.

(2) Windows 10 MM14 battery life will vary depending on various factors including product model, configuration, loaded applications, features, use, wireless functionality, and power management settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage.

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