In a notable development, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) introduced the first human into space late last year. Holoportation is the process by which a three-dimensional representation of an individual is created, in a combination of ‘hologram’ and ‘teleportation’. NASA revealed the development late last week, announcing that it had transported flight surgeon Dr. Joseph Schmid, CEO of AEXA Aerospance for Mixed and Virtual Reality Dr. Fernando de la Pena Laca and others to the International Space Station (ISS) during October 2021 while the International Space Station was It orbits the Earth at an altitude of 250 miles above the Earth’s surface.
NASA uses Microsoft’s Hololens Konnect camera to create a live 3D image of a spaceflight surgeon
The venue of the event was last year when NASA Crew 2 astronauts were present on the International Space Station. The astronauts soared into the sky in April of last year and returned in November, shortly after transporting Dr. Schmid and others to the orbiting space lab.
This was the first time in human history that astronauts in space were able to communicate directly with people on Earth as if they were right next to them. NASA believes it represents an important development for space communications because it comes at a time when the space agency is preparing to establish a regular presence on the Moon through the Artemis program.
In order to physically transport humans to the International Space Station, NASA used Microsoft’s Hololens Konnect camera along with a personal computer with custom software developed by AEXA. AEXA provides customized software for mixed and virtual reality hardware for use in many industries such as aerospace operations, oil and gas, and medicine. It is headed by Dr. Llaca who has joined Dr. Schmid on their virtual journey into space.
Following this development, the space agency now aims to combine comprehensive exploration and augmented reality to create a unique environment for scientists, doctors, and others to interact with astronauts in space.
In a statement accompanying the announcement, Dr. Schmid shed some light on the possibilities opened up by virtual teleportation to the International Space Station. He explained that it could allow highly skilled professionals such as designers and engineers of complex equipment, the types of which are generally found on the space station, to communicate directly with the astronauts. When combined with touch, which refers to technology that can create sensations of touch, this can allow different individuals to work together in real time in space.
Holoportation will also prove crucial to improving the inescapable feelings of isolation for future crews. While the trip to the International Space Station takes less than a week, long-term missions such as flights to Mars will present challenges such as communications delays. Through Holoportation, crew members will be able to communicate as closely as possible with their loved ones, which in turn will help them during the long journey.
Future uses of Holoportation will include returning astronauts to nearly Earth while those on the planet will be sent into space. This will enable two-way communication and prove more realistic for landowners. These use cases will include psychiatrists, VIPs, and others, NASA explained.