The June 28 crash of NASA’s SpaceX CRS-7 unmanned spacecraft also took with it the PR ambitions of Microsoft to showcase brainchild HoloLens, supposed to be used by astronauts aboard the ISS.
After Microsoft announced NASA as a HoloLens partner in January, a pair of Microsoft HoloLens headsets which claims to transform the ways of creating, connecting and exploring was decked up in the Falcon 9 rocket as part of a commercial resupply mission. The rocket was also carrying 1,500 pounds of food and supplies for the space station.
The unexplained crash of the unmanned rocket just after 2 minutes and 14 seconds of takeoff from Florida’s Cape Canaveral base was indeed disheartening for the team, but it did not put the astronauts in any immediate danger as they have supply for another several days.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella expressed his concerns to the NASA team and has confirmed that they will continue to try to put HoloLens at the ISS station for Sidekick. The basic idea behind Sidekick is that it will enable people on Earth to see the activities of astronauts in space. It can also be used for the purpose of training as it will present animated holographic illustrations.
The associate administrator for communications at NASA, David Weaver, also expressed his disappointment regarding the losses of the Space X mission to the International Space Station and also confirmed that they will work closely with Space X to understand what went wrong. They will get back to relaunching the supply rocket as soon as they fix the issues.
Another pair of HoloLens is expected to reach the ISS with the next NASA launch. There has been no confirmation about the next Space X launch, but a Progress vehicle is ready to launch in early July. Another alternative cargo vehicle, Orbital ATK, is scheduled to launch any time in 2015.
So we can expect that the HoloLens device will reach the space station with any of these vehicles. However, plans of Microsoft to put the headsets in full use aboard the ISS by 2015 seems to have been delayed.