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A New Dawn for Deep Space Technology

 

NASA’s Orion spacecraft will fly around the Moon for the uncrewed Artemis I mission which launched aboard the powerful Space Launch System rocket. As part of a technology demonstration, Lockheed Martin has installed a unique, vehicle-connected crew interface technology demonstration, which includes Amazon's Alexa voice-activated virtual assistant and Webex by Cisco, a video communication and collaboration software tool. 

Callisto® will demonstrate how voice technology, AI and portable tablet-based video conferencing can help improve efficiency and situational awareness for those on board the spacecraft, providing access to real-time mission information and a virtual connection to people and information back on Earth. Its goal is to explore how these commercial technologies may support astronauts on future deep space missions to the moon and beyond.

 

 

 



 

 

A Collaborative Partnership

 

Callisto® is a collaboration between Lockheed Martin, Amazon and Cisco. The custom, space-grade hardware features innovative technology that allows Alexa to function without an internet connection and Webex to provide a video-conferencing function that is quite literally out of this world. 

The Callisto® technology demonstration payload has been integrated into the Orion spacecraft for NASA’s Artemis I uncrewed mission to the Moon and will test and demonstrate potential uses of technology for deep space voice and video communications.

Interior of Callisto onboard Orion

The achievement of developing Callisto® is the product of a partnership, which spanned across Lockheed Martin Space, and took truly unique individuals to bring the demonstration to life.

As the human species ventures deeper into space and becomes more self-reliant on the systems it has direct access to, Callisto may one day bridge the gap for creating a more connected astronaut experience by allowing them to communicate not only with mission control, but also onboard systems and even with loved ones back on Earth.

Read more about the payload, its commercial technologies customized for space and the incredible story of Callisto's creation. 

 

 

 

 

Alexa integration combines space-grade hardware developed by Lockheed Martin with acoustic and audio processing software from Amazon, helping explore how voice technology and AI can support future crewed missions to space.

Custom-designed Alexa hardware and software will be able to access real-time telemetry data and respond to thousands of mission-specific questions on board Orion -- things like “Alexa, how fast is Orion traveling?” or “Alexa, what’s the temperature in the cabin?” – and even control connected devices onboard the spacecraft.

Alexa can also bring you closer to the mission than ever before. For updates and to follow along with the mission, just say, "Alexa, take me to the Moon."

 

 

 

 

Someday being “face-to-face” with Mom on the Moon will be as simple as having a video call on Earth. Webex has developed a state-of-the-art, custom-built version of its technology to test deep space video communication and collaboration. This first-of-its-kind solution is designed to interface with NASA’s Deep Space Network, bring modern and immersive collaboration capabilities to cosmic conversations, and even more, provide a realistic video experience while navigating the extremes of distance, atmosphere, and space noise.  

By enabling video collaboration in deep space, astronauts on long missions to the Moon and beyond, could have on-demand video conversations with loved ones, as well as problem solve with modern collaboration tools—whiteboarding—with crew and command center 240,000 miles away. 

 

Virtual Crew Experience

Over the course of the Artemis I mission, Callisto partners are inviting specially selected members of the the public to become virtual crew members who will have their very own experience with Callisto in order to test how the technologies may assist astronauts on future Artemis missions. From STEM teachers to celebrities to members of the media, these personalities and influencers will act as virtual crew, interacting with the payload aboard Orion from Mission Control Center at NASA's Johnson Space Center. 

callisto desk sign inside operations suite five at mission control center

Be sure to check back throughout the mission for highlight reels of our guests' experiences. 

Send a Message to Callisto

You can be a part of the Artemis I mission by sending a personal message to Callisto®. Using the form below, you can submit a message to the technology demonstration as it flies into deep space.

Comments will be reviewed and once approved will be sent to Callisto® over the Deep Space Network. If selected, your message may be displayed on the Callisto® payload screen during the Artemis I mission. 

Replay videos of selected messages from inside the Orion spacecraft will be made available where you'll have a chance to spot your message as it flies to, around and back from the Moon.

You can also submit your message through the Explore Orion app, available for free in the App Store and Google Play.

Callisto's comment app

Representative imagery of a comment on Callisto's display