This is a sci-fi scenario in the making. Microsoft HoloLens have reached the ISS and are being tested in outer space by astronauts such as Scott Kelly.
In December of last year, a resupply mission reached the ISS via the space shuttle. It had among the rest of the cargo on board two Microsoft HoloLens devices as part and parcel of NASA’s Sidekick project.
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Sidekick’s goals are providing the crew aboard the ISS some much-needed guidance and assistance. The efficiency of the ISS crew could be doubled and tripled thanks to this novel device.
Pics of Scott Kelly with a pair of HoloLens on the bridge of his nose ad covering his eyes could be seen since they were posted online. A bit of debriefing on the project would be ideal.
Sidekick involves two modes of operation. Remote Expert Mode employs Skype. This lets ground control to see through the eyes of a crew aboard the ISS.
Also guidance and summary notes could be made all the better to offer a on-on-one coaching experience. Complex repair jobs and experiments will be accomplished and carried out in a more befitting manner thanks to this state of affairs.
The second mode is termed Procedure Mode. It supplements isolated procedures with animated holographic pics that get superimposed on top of the stuff that the crew is dealing with.
The work that will be required could thus be lessened through this process. The burden would be lightened thanks to this procedure. Normally, communication gaps lead to a spanner in the works.
Here though things could be simplified. Before HoloLens was tried on for size aboard the ISS, it was tested at the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO).
HoloLens may even be used in the future mission to Mars. The possibilities and applications are limitless. In fact, the only limits that exist are in the mind of mankind. In reality, there are only plateaus and no decline in the progress of the ages.
Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted his experience of the HoloLens with the final exclamation of “Wow!”…It looks like the time he spent testing the Microsoft HoloLEns aboard the ISS was time well spent.
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The device is the latest in current technology. It is a strange mixture of Virtual Reality and Holographic Technology. It is hoped that it will augment and enrich the experience of the astronauts of the future.