NASA Astronauts To Take Microsoft's HoloLens To ISS

Posted: Jun 26 2015, 6:17am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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NASA Astronauts to Take Microsoft's HoloLens to ISS
  • NASA and Microsoft to Bring HoloLens to International Space Station

NASA and Microsoft are to employ HoloLens as a part of their Sidekick Project aboard the International Space Station.

NASA and Microsoft are cooperating to employ HoloLens on board the ISS. The whole thing got off the ground thanks to Sidekick which is a special project of the two organizations. The whole purpose is to benefit the brave and courageous astronauts that work aboard the ISS.

Sidekick’s whole reason of existence is to lend a helping hand to the astronauts who are busy conducting experiments and tinkering away aboard the ISS. HoloLens will be used with care and consideration on the space station.

Two HoloLens devices will be sent to the space station via the SpaceX space vehicle soon. HoloLens is a VR device that simulates reality. It is on the leading edge of technology and will greatly aid the astronauts aboard the ISS to follow their career responsibilities with passion, diligence and dedication.

“HoloLens and other virtual and mixed reality devices are cutting edge technologies that could help drive future exploration and provide new capabilities to the men and women conducting critical science on the International Space Station,” said Sam Scimemi, director of the ISS program at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

“This new technology could also empower future explorers requiring greater autonomy on the journey to Mars.”

Later on in the future the same technology could be utilized on missions to the Red Planet (Mars). Project Sidekick wants to lend vital support to the astronauts. This methodology could reduce training time spans for ISS crews and also boost the efficacy of the astronauts.

HoloLens is essentially a product of Microsoft. It is indeed a game changer and will revolutionize the very nature of space exploration. Astronauts can make stuff out of scratch, link up with each other and search the environment via this beautiful device.

“Microsoft HoloLens is about transforming the ways you create, connect, and explore," said Alex Kipman, technical fellow, Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft.

"Sidekick is a prime example of an application for which we envisioned HoloLens being used - unlocking new potential for astronauts and giving us all a new perspective on what is possible with holographic computing."

Both Project Sidekick and HoloLens were tested before being sent off into a spin in the real world. Sidekick has two basic modes: Remote Expert Mode and Procedure Mode. The former employs the Skype facility in its operations. And the latter used animated holograms for its purposes.

After the device reaches the ISS, the astronauts will be trying it out several times in a row in order to see if it works in zero gravity conditions or not. Towards the start of 2016, the project and the device will dovetail on the ISS or so it is hoped.

These activities are part and parcel of a much bigger enterprise. NASA and Microsoft have many more plans that will go into active mode with the passage of time. Both Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality tools will be employed in the race for space. HoloLens is just a point of departure or rather a trailer. The full picture is still a long way off.

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