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Alexa will tag along on an uncrewed mission to the moon

Today, Amazon, Cisco, Lockheed Martin, and NASA announced that new technology onboard the Orion spacecraft in the upcoming Artemis I moon mission would include a version of Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, and Cisco’s video-conferencing platform, Webex. Alexa and Webex will be part of a technology demonstration called Callisto, named after the Greek goddess that is Artemis’ mythological companion.
The capsule will perch atop the Space Launch System (SLS), a rocket just taller than the Statue of Liberty that is capable of sending 27 metric tons to the moon. The Artemis I launch is scheduled for March 2022 at the earliest. For this mission, there will be no crew in this crew capsule save a mannequin named Campos. (NASA is already calling it the “Moonikin.”)

Callisto, created jointly by Amazon, Cisco, and Lockheed Martin, will be installed in the capsule’s center console and include a tablet to test Webex video conferencing with the Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center, and software to test Alexa’s response to the audio transmitted through the video call.

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