DENVER, Jan. 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin
(NYSE: LMT), Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) have
teamed up to integrate unique human-machine interface technologies
into NASA's Orion spacecraft, providing an opportunity to learn how
future astronauts could benefit from far-field voice technology, AI
and tablet-based video collaboration.
The Callisto technology demonstration will be integrated into
NASA's Orion spacecraft for the agency's Artemis I uncrewed mission
around the Moon and back to Earth. Callisto uses Amazon Alexa and
Webex by Cisco to test and demonstrate commercial technology for
deep space voice, video and whiteboarding communications. Lockheed
Martin, which designed and built the Orion spacecraft for NASA, is
leading the development and integration of the payload.
"Callisto will demonstrate a first-of-its-kind technology that
could be used in the future to enable astronauts to be more
self-reliant as they explore deep space," said Lisa Callahan, vice president and general
manager of Commercial Civil Space for Lockheed Martin. "Callisto is
a shining example of how new partnerships with commercial
technologies can be flown on Orion to benefit future human deep
Callisto is named after a favorite companion of the Greek
goddess Artemis. The payload features a custom hardware and
software integration developed by engineers from Lockheed Martin,
Amazon and Cisco, and includes innovative technology that allows
Alexa to work without an internet connection, and Webex to run on a
tablet using NASA's Deep Space Network.
"The Star Trek computer was part of our original inspiration for
Alexa, so it's exciting and humbling to see our vision for ambient
intelligence come to life on board Orion," said Aaron Rubenson, vice president of Amazon Alexa.
"We're proud to be working with Lockheed Martin to push the limits
of voice technology and AI, and we hope Alexa's role in the mission
helps inspire future scientists, astronauts and engineers who will
define this next era of space exploration."
Since Artemis I is an uncrewed mission, Callisto partners have
worked with NASA to build a virtual crew experience at NASA's
Johnson Space Center in Houston,
allowing operators to interact with Callisto from the Mission
Control Center. These remote interactions will test and demonstrate
how voice and video collaboration technologies can help astronauts
improve efficiency and situational awareness during their mission,
providing access to flight status and telemetry, and the ability to
control connected devices onboard Orion. Video and audio of the
interactions will be transmitted back to Earth many times
throughout the Artemis I mission, allowing engineers to analyze the
performance of the onboard systems while also sharing interactions
with the public.
"The future of technology is about igniting human potential
whenever and wherever that may be – which will soon extend to the
depths of space," said Jeetu Patel,
executive vice president and general manager of Security and
Collaboration at Cisco. "Through Callisto, Webex is enabling
boundless video communications and collaboration in deep space
while helping to provide the next generation with inclusive and
immersive technology. This first-of-its-kind solution could one day
support future crewed missions, providing face-to-face interaction
between crew, command center and loved ones."
The Callisto technology demonstration will also allow students,
families, space enthusiasts and the general public to engage with
and virtually "ride along" with the Artemis I mission. They can
follow the mission on Alexa-enabled devices by saying "Alexa, take
me to the Moon," and the Webex video collaboration capabilities
will offer opportunities for STEM education and remote classroom
Artemis I is currently scheduled to launch in early 2022 from
NASA's Kennedy Space Center in
Cape Canaveral, Florida, for a
multi-week journey around the Moon and back. Artemis I will provide
the foundation for future crewed missions to the Moon and deep
space and is part of NASA's goal to land the first woman and first
person of color on the lunar surface.
- For more information on the Callisto technology demonstration
payload visit http://www.lockheedmartin.com/callisto.
- To learn more about the Alexa technology onboard and other
Amazon initiatives tied to Artemis I, visit the About Amazon
- To learn more about Webex by Cisco solutions and Artemis I
technology integrations, visit the Webex Blog.
About Lockheed Martin
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approximately 114,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged
in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and
sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
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