NASA’s Orion spacecraft will fly around the Moon for the uncrewed Artemis I mission launching 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 can support astronauts on future deep space missions to the moon and beyond.
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.