New Technology Debuts as Crew Begins Week

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NASA astronaut Scott Kelly performing checkouts for NASA's Project Sidekick, which makes use of Microsoft's HoloLens device.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly performing checkouts for NASA’s Project Sidekick, which makes use of Microsoft’s HoloLens device.

Over the weekend, Expedition 46 commander Scott Kelly worked with ground controllers to successfully checkout the Sidekick device and internet connectivity. The project, which makes use of Microsoft’s HoloLens device, aims to enable station crews with assistance when and where they need it. This new capability could reduce crew training requirements and increase the efficiency at which astronauts can work in space.

Also on Saturday, Orbital ATK’s Cygnus resupply vehicle successfully deorbited at approximately 10:53 a.m. EST.

The crew engaged in a variety of scientific experiments on Monday, including research into colloidal structures vital to the design of advanced materials, human research on astronaut heart health and overall body changes, and protecting human fitness during long-duration spaceflight.

Kelly and his fellow Expedition 46 crew mates Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov are continuing to prepare for their landing on March 1, U.S. time. The landing will wrap up Kelly and Kornienko’s yearlong stay in space.

3 thoughts on “New Technology Debuts as Crew Begins Week

  1. Neeraj Kulkarni Website

    Its great news that Nasa is making use of newer technologies to make the lives easier of astronauts who work in outer space. On ground, if something goes wrong, things can be taken care of pretty quickly but, in outer space it can create life threatening situations to even the slightest of mistakes which might happen by any human. If technology can bring their errors to nil then we can be assured that our people are safe out there and also encourage them to push the barriers of science and exploration.

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