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Astronaut Senator John Glenn used Think Pad laptops on his spaceflight mission STS-95 in 1998.
Laptops used aboard the space shuttle and International Space Station feature safety and operational improvements for the weightless environment they must operate in.
Think Pads have received a somewhat cult following and a small but loyal fanbase throughout the years.
Think Pad laptops have been used in space and, by 2003, were the only laptops certified for use on the International Space Station.
The task of making a notebook was given to the Yamato Facility in Japan and it was led by Arimasa Naitoh, a Japanese man who joined IBM in the 1970s and is now dubbed the "father" of Think Pad.
In April 1992, IBM announced the first Think Pad tablet computer at a news conference.
In addition to giving it an innovative name, IBM marketed the Think Pad through imaginative activities such as early customer pilot programs, numerous pre-launch announcements, and an extensive loaner program designed to showcase the product's strengths and weaknesses.
NASA purchased more than 500 Think Pad 750 laptops for flight qualification, software development, and crew training.
The first Think Pad tablet, a Pen Point-based device formally known as the IBM 2521 Think Pad, was positioned as a developer's release.
The Think Pad tablet became available for purchase by the general public in October of the same year.
The first Think Pad notebook (700C) announced in 1992 was the first new product to emerge from the IBM "differentiated product personality" strategy resulting from a collaboration between Sapper and Tom Hardy, head of the corporate IBM Design Program.
Development of the 700C also involved a close working relationship between Sapper and Kazuhiko Yamazaki, lead notebook designer at IBM's Yamato Design Center in Japan and liaison between Sapper and Yamato engineering.
and the respective teams at IBM and later Lenovo, which included Yamazaki, Tom Takahashi, Sam Lucente and, since 1995, David Hill, Vice President of User Experience & Design, who leads and manages the design/user experience of Think Pad.