A lot of commercially-produced electronic equipment is designed for a 19-inch rack (or less commonly, 23-inch) with a particular spacing for mounting holes. Much of the pressurized volume of the International Space Station is used for equipment racks such as the International Standard Payload Rack.

Would standard rackmount electronics fit on any of the ISS racks? Consider not only the equipment width, but also the depth and mounting holes.

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    $\begingroup$ Just about any electronics can mount on a 19 inch rack unless it is too wide, if it is narrow you just put ears on it or a custom shelf. $\endgroup$
    – GdD
    Oct 21, 2020 at 8:22
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    $\begingroup$ It seems the Wikipedia page you linked and the sources listed there contain all necessary information. Width is 2x 19", holes are "standard pitched" and depth is whatever it is - there is no default depth for 19" modules. $\endgroup$
    – asdfex
    Oct 21, 2020 at 8:53
  • $\begingroup$ If it fits, it fits. If it doesn't fit, adapters exist or could be manufactured. Issues such as heat, circulation, security, hardening against radiation, power draw, and outgassing would be the larger concerns trying to put commercial rack servers on the ISS. $\endgroup$
    – Schwern
    Oct 21, 2020 at 20:52


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