After just 139 seconds Falcon 9 that would have to put into orbit theDragon spacecraft developed by SpaceX, charged of 2 tons of supplies, experiments and equipment intended for the International space station (Iss), exploded.
The explosion left speechless the audience and Elon Musk, founder and owner of SpaceX wich with Boeing should ensure the Nasa to return not to depend on the Russians (who on Friday will launch a new refueling mission to ISS, Progress 60, which will lead to the Expedition 44 astronauts currently in orbit 3 tons of food, fuel and supplies).
Hololens were lost with Falcon 9 explosion
But Musk is not the only one to be flabbergasted for the third consecutive failure (after 14 successful launches in previously) of Falcon 9. Aboard the Dragon spacecraft were also two HoloLens kits that would be served to the astronauts in the project Sidekick, developed by NASA in partnership with Microsoft.
The program’s goal is to leverage technology holographic and virtual reality to allow the crews of the ISS to have assistance when and where they need it, reducing the requirements for crew training and increasing the efficiency with which the astronauts can work in space.
Tests going on with free fall flights
So far, NASA and Microsoft have tested Sidekick and HoloLens aboard the Nasa Weightless Wonder C9 jet (used to simulate the feeling of weightlessness through phases of free fall), now it would have to go to the next step, ie testing Hololens in an environment with microgravity just as the ISS.
Meeting that the explosion of the Falcon 9 forcibly returned, maybe giving time to further tests program that provides two modes of operation.
The first is the Remote Expert Mode, wich use Skype to allow an operator on the ground to see what it sees an astronaut on board, provide information in real time and draw notes in the environment that the astronaut sees to train him in a given task (so far the future members of space crews have relied on written instructions or voice while performing repair work or complex experiments).
The second is the Procedure Mode, which enhances the “stand alone” procedures with holographic animated illustrations displayed on top of the objects with which the astronauts interact.
Reduce the amount of training necessary for future crews could be an invaluable resource for exploration missions in the depths of our solar system, from the journey to Mars (where, however, NASA is planning to use in the first phase humanoid androids developed on the basis of the Valkyrie R5 model), missions where communication delays complicate already difficult operations.
Hololens for Neemo Expedition 20
Waiting to see the HoloLens arrive on the ISS, the next event is already set for July 21, when Sidekick and HoloLens will be part of the Expedition 20 of the Nasa Extreme Environment Mission Operations (Neemo).
The expedition will bring a group of astronauts and engineers to live for two weeks in the only underwater research station in the world, Aquarius, simulating the experience of being in an environment separate from the world as it would during a long-duration space mission.
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