NASA’s Artemis I mission: Learn the curious reason why Amazon will send an iPad to orbit the Moon


The launch date of the Artemis I Mission of the POT. Among the dozens of objects that will go aboard the Orion spacecraft towards the orbit of the Moon highlights an iPad, as part of a curious commercial experiment of Amazon Alexa and Webex by Cisco in conjunction with Lockheed Martin.

The flight, which will be unmanned, It will take off on August 29 from Florida: it will travel to lunar orbit and, after a few days, it will return to Earth. In case the launch cannot take place that day, the agency established two more windows, on September 2 and September 5.

As part of the Artemis Program, which seeks to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon, the Artemis I Mission will serve as a kickoff in preparation. There will be three mannequins to assess the effects of radiation and protection of new spacesuits.

And, of course, there will be the iPad with Amazon Alexa and Webex by Cisco.

The Artemis II Mission will carry astronauts into lunar orbit, and for Artemis III they will reach the surface of our satellite.

Amazon and Lockheed Martin’s Callisto experiment on NASA’s Artemis I Mission

According to advances by NASA last January, the Callisto experiment will demonstrate how consumer technology can be integrated with spacecraft in the future. The objective is to demonstrate how voice commands can improve the life and work of astronauts in space.

Thus, An iPad will be located in the central console of the Orion ship, on which Cisco’s Webex video conferencing software will be tested. Content will be streamed from the Control Center at Johnson Space Center via iPad, in addition to testing the Alexa voice assistant.

The Control Center at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

Howard Hu, deputy manager of the Orion program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, explained the goal of the experiment.

“I can imagine a future where astronauts can get flight status information and telemetry, such as the orientation of the spacecraft, the level of the water supply or the state of the battery voltage through simple voice commands”, Hu pointed out.

“Callisto will use the local NASA Space Network and Orion database to communicate with Alexa,” the executive explained.

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