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IBM's OS/2 HELPS KEEP SPACE SHUTTLE READY

 IBM's OS/2 HELPS KEEP SPACE SHUTTLE READY
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Behind the scenes of a


shuttle launch is a combination of critical information technology andime contractors to the NASA space program, the job of preparing the shuttle for flight readiness includes an innovative installation of IBM (NYSE: IBM) software and hardware for this most demanding of environments.
 Twelve hundred IBM PS/2s(See Note) with the OS/2(See Note) Extended Edition operating system are installed at Lockheed's Kennedy Space Center site, giving its mobile work force access to vital data on any terminal in the system as well as the ability to access information from the IBM mainframe computer by simply clicking back and forth between applications.
 "With our requirements, it is absolutely essential for us to be able to move people throughout the operation, from the launch pad to the office, with access to their data in a format that looks the same, has the same database, and is consistent to every workstation," said Dick Wurtzel, director of the Shuttle Processing Data Management System-II project office at Lockheed. "With OS/2 Extended Edition we get a common Communications and Presentation Manager and data that is transportable no matter where it is in our system, a major savings of time and money."
 Among the application programs Lockheed uses is IBM's PMW (Paperless Manufacturing Workplace), which allows engineers to create work instructions such as test preparation sheets on a real-time basis and with integrated text and graphics. For example, if a special test needs to be run inside the orbiter, PMW will create a document which can then be printed for use by a technician in any location. The document can be saved electronically and forwarded to a library for retrieval through PS/2 servers. PMW is built on IBM's Distributed Automation Edition(See Note) (DAE) systems enabler, which allows PMW output to be distributed across a LAN and to the host without the user having to worry about communication protocols between systems. DAE automatically and transparently moves the application data across the computing platforms.
 "It is gratifying to see the results Lockheed is achieving with the IBM systems," said Lucy Baney, Personal Systems director, Programming Systems market development. "And we will continue to work with them to ensure that information technology contributes to the ongoing success of their vital mission."
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