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.
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.
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.
Representative imagery of a comment on Callisto's display