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NASA Wants To Test Alexa In Space And That’s Why It’s Ready To Send An iPad To The Moon

Alexa seems to be on everyone’s minds these days and renowned American space agency NASA seems to be no exception.

NASA spoke about how its new moon rocket dubbed Space Launch System would now also be including a little cargo courtesy of Apple. This SLS would be without any crew members on board but it will surely be featuring an interesting affair as Orion will reportedly carry out the lengthy journey, referred to as Artemis 1.

So, we know that the main goal of this mission is related to displaying how this particular rocket can carry out a journey to space in the future with astronauts. But another objective of this particular mission is related to making use of iPads to help test Amazon’s famous voice assistant named Alexa in space.

NASA going back toward the moon is definitely major news and we haven’t heard of such since the late 70s era. But thankfully, America has one entirely active program dedicated to the moon that not many know about. It’s called Artemis. And while most of the expeditions of the past were done through Apollo, Artemis’ goal was more related to creating the support needed for future space and lunar journeys.

NASA isn’t yet ready to send crews, but plans reveal how that’s in store for the year 2024. And one year after that, we have news about NASA sending out the first black person as well as the first female to the moon’s surface. Wow, we love how everything is so intricately planned.

Meanwhile, there’s more news about how another less hyped-up experiment will take center stage called Callisto. This is designed to prove how the world of consumer technology can better align with spacecraft in the near future.

As far as the demonstration is concerned, well, that’s all set to be done by Amazon’s Alexa and some more details filmed by Cisco’s WebEx too. The whole idea as confirmed by NASA is linked to seeing how well a tech-influenced voice assistant has the ability to produce voice commands in such an environment.

Similarly, this is a chance to see how astronauts living and working in the realm of space can have their experiences improved with such digital assistants by their side. So here, you’ve got a great collaboration taking place between Cisco and Amazon, joined by Lockheed Martin and renowned space agency NASA.

One program manager at Orion says he’s super excited to see the collaboration bring fruitful results as there’s nothing better than witnessing a future that’s surrounded by astronauts accessing different types of data regarding their flight status. From supply levels of important nutrients to battery voltage too, a simple voice command is all that’s needed.

NASA went public with a few plans this past year through a blog post on how it intended to test out Alexa aboard spacecraft around the moon. After all, you’ve got no Wi-Fi there so it’s definitely intriguing to see how it responds to any audio transmitted.

NASA reminded users that when you’re embedded deep into space, you end up taking way too long for a voice assistant like Alexa to make use of the cloud that’s located on planet earth. Therefore, that’s why Callisto would be utilized as the deep space network for NASA, supported by a database for the spacecraft to carry out communication.

We certainly agree with the fact that such texts would be so much simpler if done with an astronaut present but again, Orion is not sending any crewmembers to the Moon yet. And this is exactly where the iPad has entered the situation.

Apple’s iPad would act like an astronaut that’s talking to Alexa, thanks to WebEx technology. So, how exactly would something like that work?

Those taking part as participants would be seen assisting in the demo by throwing questions at Alexa or giving a task command. There will be a camera and microphone attached. Hence, all images and audio would be broadcasted through Orion’s mission control.

All participants involved would be seen on the tablet and their voices played through the designated speaker. After catching the audio, Alexa would be requested to respond. And we think that’s really a unique affair.


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