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ALEXA’s ‘Star Trek’

Amazon’s smart voice assistant Alexa is named after Star Trek. Now, Alexa is going to space. this year, Amazon and Lockheed Martin have already announced plans to send Alexa into space. The mission is planned as part of Artemis 1, the first of several NASA missions to put the first woman and first person of color on the moon. Although Artemis I will not carry people, it will help NASA test technologies for future manned missions.

Aaron Rubenson, vice president of Amazon Alexa Everywhere, said that the company is proud to partner with Lockheed Martin and hopes to work together to push the limits of voice technology and artificial intelligence. They also hope Alexa’s role in missions will inspire future scientists, astronauts, and engineers to define the next era of space exploration.

Alexa as environmental intelligence helps astronauts perform missions.

They plan to allow astronauts in the future to get information, help, and company from onboard ai, just like in science fiction movies. To that end, Amazon engineers have worked with Lockheed Martin to integrate Alexa into Callisto’s payload. Lockheed Martin designed custom, Alexa-built, space-grade hardware to ensure the device could withstand the intense shocks and vibrations of launch, as well as radiation exposure through the Van Allen belts. Amazon provides acoustics and audio processing software that adjusts algorithms to address cabin noise and reverberation interference, enabling Alexa’s far-field voice interaction.

Alexa also comes with Amazon’s native voice control technology, allowing it to operate in areas where connectivity is limited or unavailable.

Alexa can interact with voice, play music, control smart devices, and provide real-time information on Earth. On Artemis I, Alexa will access real-time telemetry data and answer thousands of mission-specific questions from Orion. Astronauts can ask Alexa questions, such as “Alexa, how fast is Orion flying?” Or “Alexa, what’s the temperature in the cabin?” These technologies have helped astronauts work more efficiently in space, and engineers learn how to serve customers with poor Internet access.

Alexa will provide customers with in-depth information on Artemis I, including telemetry data from the Orion spacecraft; Video and images of the mission, including a live broadcast of the launch; Interactive video of the virtual crew at Johnson Space Center; And reminders and notifications of key milestones in the task. Using NASA’s Deep Space Network, Alexa will also retrieve information for astronauts from Earth, helping them stay in touch with home during extended missions.

At the same time, Amazon is creating a new Amazon Future Engineers program called “Alexa for Astronauts,” which will provide real-time virtual Tours of Johnson Space Center and provide students with first-hand virtual crew experience and mission control of other facilities around the site. And STEM programs supported by MIT.

As Aaron Rubenson, vp of Amazon Alexa Everywhere, said in a statement:

“Star Trek gave us the original inspiration for Alexa, and it’s exciting and humbling to see our vision of environmental intelligence come true on Orion. We’re proud to work with Lockheed Martin to push the limits of voice technology and artificial intelligence, and hope Alexa helps inspire future scientists, astronauts, and engineers who will define the next era of space exploration.”