this is how the on-board computer of Artemis I works

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After some other delay, Artemis took off on November 16. In addition to the missions that it has to complete in its unmanned flight around the Moon, testing new technologies during it is also part of the project. Callisto is one of these technologies, a great collaboration between Lockheed Martin, Amazon and Cisco.

It is one of the on-board computers of the Orion capsule. A completely modified iPad with Cisco software and an Alexa-based assistant. In addition to wanting to demonstrate how voice technology, AI and video conferencing technologies can work in space, it has a rather curious open function: we can send messages from an app.

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Callisto is the onboard system that Lockheed Martin, Amazon and Cisco have implemented for the Artemis I mission. A combination of hardware and software to design a system that provides real-time information and communication to the crew (remember that Artemis II will be the first manned flight, and it will be done in the Orion capsule).

Over the course of the mission, certain figures are being invited to travel virtually through Callisto. Something that, beyond the curious fact, will also allow testing how certain technologies are working inside the capsule. Much of the processing is done locally, so as not to need any type of connection.

On Amazon’s side, the integration of Alexa will serve to explore how voice recognition technologies can help astronauts in future manned missions. You may be asked what is the cabin temperature, any data about the state of the capsule, and even control devices connected to it. As a curiosity, if we say to Alexa “Alexa, take me to the Moon”, it will give us details about Artemis.

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Cisco software, which also gives life to Callisto, is responsible for providing a real-time video call system, connecting the capsule to Earth.

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If we want to send a message to Callisto we can do it from the Lockheedmartin website or from the app Explore Orion. We only have to write the message, our name (we can put what we want here), and the message can be projected in the capsule.

After some other delay, Artemis took off on November 16. In addition to the missions that it has to complete…

After some other delay, Artemis took off on November 16. In addition to the missions that it has to complete…

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