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PROMT Selected by NASA Astronauts

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St. Petersburg, November 15, 2005 –– PROMT, the world leader in development of machine translation technologies, has announced that @promt Professional 7.0 has been selected by the NASA astronauts for use on their personal computers and on the international space station. After carefully studying the alternatives, a group of testers in the US NASA astronaut corps decided in favor of @promt Professional 7.0 translation software. The astronauts deal with foreign languages a lot more than one would imagine. In particular their close association with Russian astronauts and the Russian Space Agency has made English-Russian translation software a very useful tool for the astronauts. NASA is installing the @promt Professional 7.0 together with the entire set of specialized subject dictionaries which includes many engineering topics on both the PC’s of the astronauts and as well as their PDA’s.

Bill McCarthur, US astronaut currently aboard the international space station wrote in a recent email, “My crew leaves for Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on September 18th. We launch to the International Space Station on October 1st. You may be interested to know that @promt Professional ERRE V7 is on the disk image I'll be using on orbit“.

Tom Garrahan, managing director of Professional MT Solutions Inc, an official partner of PROMT in France and Switzerland, went to NASA to provide an introduction of the software to the astronauts. “It was an interesting experience to provide even a simple class to America’s best and brightest. Most of the astronauts had already learned the software inside and out before the classes and were experts in 1/3 of the time we normally set for training.”

“We are more than proud to know astronauts will benefit from our technology on the orbit. International Space Station is the essence of the mankind knowledge in the field of space exploration. So is the @promt products family in the field of machine translation”, says Ilia Klimakov, Director of Overseas Markets of PROMT.

With the astronauts now using the software themselves, @promt software will now be studied for incorporation into the space station IT systems.

Professional MT Solutions (Promt Solutions in short) provides @promt automatic translations solutions and support services to corporations and international organizations. The company is headquartered in Wilmington, DE and with sales and services offices in Geneva, Switzerland.

Expedition 12 Crew
William McArthur, Commander and ISS Science Officer
Valery Tokarev, Flight Engineer 1 and Soyuz Commander


PROMT is a world leading provider of machine translation technologies. The company was established in 1991 and its expertise spans over 13 years of machine translation technologies development. Combining the innovation and technological perfection, PROMT has developed the revolutionary machine translation (MT) technology and became the technological leader in MT industry.

Nowadays PROMT provides the full range of translation solutions: machine translation systems and services, dictionaries, translation memory systems, data mining systems for all kinds of business, professionals and Internet/Intranet. New translation software product line @promt consists of a wide range of sophisticated software products and solutions and ensures the highest possible quality and efficiency of translation processes.

The customers of PROMT appreciate its commitment to the continued research and investment in the fields of linguistics and Natural Language Processing: PROMT has customers spanning consumer, SME and enterprise markets, including global industry leaders Xerox, SAP, Lukoil, General Motors, Volvo Car International, Deloitte&Touch and etc.

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