(ORDO NEWS) — During the test flight, which will mark the first launch of NASA’s Space Launch System, there will be no people on board. Instead, Amazon Alexa will interact with operators at the Houston Mission Control Center as part of the technology demo.
For Aaron Rubenson, vice president of Amazon Alexa, the inclusion of Alexa in the mission is of particular importance. In his words, ” Alexa is a concept of ambient intelligence that is there when you need it … but then also disappears when you don’t need it .”
Under the leadership of Lockheed Martin, the main contractor for the Orion spacecraft to be used for the flight to the moon, Amazon has improved the Echo’s hardware to be more resistant to radiation in the space environment, and has also improved the Alexa software to better respond to voice commands. in a capsule that can be noisier than a typical living room.
The space version of Alexa leverages the platform’s capabilities to support voice interaction, even when the spacecraft is out of touch with earth. Local voice control means that lunar orbit crews do not have to constantly deal with the seconds of disconnections that Apollo astronauts encountered.
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