NASA Sending iPad According to a report by 9To5Mac, on the Artemis 1 moon mission, aboard the uncrewed Orion spacecraft. Gadget work? To help with testing AmazonNo voice assistant Alexa and Cisco’s video conferencing software Webex on Orion. Alexa and Webex will be part of Orion’s payload, Callisto. NASA is targeting an August 29 launch.
“The industry-funded payload will be located on Orion’s center console and will include a tablet that will test Webex via Cisco video conferencing software to transmit video and audio from the mission control center at Johnson, and custom-built hardware by Lockheed Martin and Includes software. Amazon will test Alexa, Amazon’s voice-based virtual assistant, to respond to broadcast audio. […]
“By traveling in deep space, it would take too long for Alexa on Orion to use the cloud on Earth, so Callisto will use NASA’s Deep Space Network and local databases on the spacecraft to communicate and respond to Alexa,” NASA said. Blogpost
The tablet is going to be an iPad, the report confirms, and will be “the first iPad to fly on NASA’s lunar mission.” He will use WebEx and act as an astronaut talking to Alexa, since the Orion mission is an uncrewed one.
A report by CNET in January mentioned NASA’s plans to test Alexa and Webex in space. The idea is to test software solutions with a virtual crew at the Johnson Space Center, Houston. A virtual crew on Earth will attempt to communicate and give commands to the AI assistant via video on an iPad playing audio over speakers. Commands will be sent through NASA’s Deep Space Network, which consists of giant radio antennas used for communications during space missions. Webex will assist in video conferencing with ground control, other crewmates and those back on Earth.