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NASA Mission Carrying Voice Assistant Tech to the Moon

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Callisto will respond to natural language voice commands much in the same way other Alexa-enabled products do, but focused specifically on the needs of a spaceflight crew and its mission controllers on the ground.

Credit: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Artemis 1 mission scheduled to launch today (but delayed) will carry an Alexa-enabled voice assistant called Callisto into lunar orbit.

Designed by engineers at Lockheed Martin, Cisco, and Amazon, Callisto aims to enhance future spaceflights with real-time data, augmented connectivity, and mission-specific feedback.

Lockheed Martin said Callisto will show "how voice technology, AI [artificial intelligence], and portable tablet-based videoconferencing can help improve efficiency and situational awareness for those on board the spacecraft," as well as providing "access to real-time mission information and a virtual connection to people and information back on Earth."

Amazon said Callisto will link to mission controllers using NASA's Deep Space Network, and will feature Local Voice Control, which "allows Alexa to process voice commands locally, rather than sending information to the cloud."

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