The tradition of using advanced technology to prepare for space missions, in this case Augmented Reality, continues with a new team of international astronauts who will be aboard the International Space Station later this year. [TuesdayAstronautLucaParmitanooftheEuropeanSpaceAgencyESAvisitedTwittertoshowhimselfandhiscolleagueAndrewMorgan(NASArepresentative)howtotrainanupcomingmissionwiththeMagicLeapOne
"[Morgan] and I'm using Augmented Reality to prepare for an EVA run," wrote Parmitano, who will serve as the new commander of the ISS during his next mission. "The holographic lenses allow us to see the ISS and the equipment we work with."
The Twitter Mission is called Beyond (also known as Expedition 60/61) and includes experiments where astronauts have to engage in extravehicular activity (EVA) during which the Crew must wear space suits officially designated as their extravehicular mobility units.
In recent years, NASA astronauts have mainly used underwater environments to simulate the effects of spacewalks before missions, but since the advent of immersive computer technology, such as AR and VR, NASA has added virtual objects to the training plan.
NASA has even set up a complete virtual training facility by setting up the Virtual Reality Laboratory at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The lab, led by Chief Engineer Evelyn Miralles, was launched in 1992 and has consistently advocated immersive computing to train the world's astronauts. Already in September, Miralles gave an insight into the public (see picture below) about her experiments with the Magic Leap One in the lab.
The Beyond crew also used the HTC Vive and the new VIVE Tracker (1965) attached to the hands) to train for the new mission. Parmitano and his team, which includes Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, will launch on July 6 and conduct experiments on the ISS for about six months.
Although NASA crewmembers have used the HoloLens to prepare missions in the past, this seems to be the first time they've used the Magic Leap One for proper training.
And while Microsoft's recent military deal is likely to be ahead of the US government, Magic Leap's recent fame can only boost it. The startup addresses potential corporate customers who are NASA leaders in the way the next generation of precision computing devices.