Microsoft's HoloLens to Go Into Orbit Atop SpaceX Dragon

December 3, 2017 – 09:36 am

When the SpaceX Dragon blasts off for its seventh resupply mission to the International Space Station this weekend, it will be carrying two pairs of Microsoft's HoloLens goggles.

The augmented-reality wearable device, which was first shown off in January at Microsoft's Windows 10 event, hasn't yet hit the consumer market. The astronauts at the International Space Station will be among the first to strap on the goggles and use Sidekick, a technology designed to help them work in space.

"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, " Sam Scimemi, director of the ISS program at NASA, said in a statement.

The hope is the new technology could one day allow astronauts more autonomy as they travel into deep space and experience more communications delays with Earth.

The Sidekick devices have two modes of operation. The first allows astronauts to use Skype to connect with an expert on Earth to help coach them on a task while the second overlays a standalone set of procedures and illustrations.

PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon 9 blasts off launchPad 40 in Cape Canaveral, Fla., early Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

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PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon 9 blasts off launchPad 40 in Cape Canaveral, Fla., early Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

SpaceX Will Try Ambitious Rocket Landing Again

If all goes according to plan on Sunday, SpaceX will also try for a third time to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating barge.

A video from the most recent attempt in April shows the Falcon 9 rocket hitting its target when it returned to Earth but landing too hard for survival. The company said it has since made corrections to the valve that caused the rough landing.


Source: abcnews.go.com

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  • avatar Will the reentry of the SpaceX Dragon after the upcoming mission be visible to the naked eye? Where?
    • It will be viewable from a boat four hundred miles west of Los Angeles. I suppose if it reentered at night, it would be viewable from some mid-Pacific location, like Micronesia.