“Alexa, turn on the lights”; Lockheed Martin, Amazon, Cisco test virtual assistant, deep space video conferencing

With the Orion spacecraft soaring through its mission with flying colors so far, the capsule will soon enter its Distant Retrograde Orbit of the Moon with significant tests of various capsule and service module systems progressing. Inside Orion, in addition to the myriad of experiments and technology demonstrations, teams from Lockheed Martin, Amazon, and Cisco have been busy working through the Callisto demonstration. Callisto — a combination of Alexa and WebEx video conferencing software — aims to enable the presence of virtual assistants and reliable video conferences on future human deep space flights. In an interview with NASASpaceflight, Rob Chambers — Director of Strategy and Business Development for Commercial and Civil Space, Lockheed Martin — said, “From a human condition perspective, I’m on the other side of the Moon, I’m physically remote, I’m psychologically remote. My bandwidth is constrained. I have time delays that are only going to get longer as I go on to Mars.” “How do we improve awareness and interactivity, make people more efficient, stop wasting brain cells on the easy stuff that computers can do?” On Earth, one answer to those questions is the virtual assistants that come built into our smart technology. So what about…

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“Alexa, turn on the lights”; Lockheed Martin, Amazon, Cisco test virtual assistant, deep space video conferencing

Updated: November 23, 2022 — 9:27 am