NASA And Microsoft Team Up In Project Sidekick

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop Sidekick, a new project using commercial technology to empower astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Sidekick uses Microsoft HoloLens to provide virtual aid to astronauts working off of the Earth, for the Earth. A pair of the devices is scheduled to launch on SpaceX’s seventh commercial resupply mission to the station on June 28. The goal of Sidekick is 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.

NASA and Microsoft engineers tested Project Sidekick and the Microsoft HoloLens aboard NASA’s Weightless Wonder C9 jet to ensure they function as expected in free-fall in advance of their delivery to the microgravity environment of the space station.