Astronauts are using Microsoft’s Hololens and NASA software to help maintain and inspect equipment onboard the ISS. It's the first time the Hololens has been used in space using special AR software.
- The T2 Augmented Reality (T2AR) project could help astronauts do emergency repairs without mission control input.
- This could help with future moon and Mars missions, where communication delays are expected.
- The AR tools allow NASA to "pre-package" guidance for astronauts.
- The tests will advance the AR tech and software now, "so expertise and support are available in remote locations around the world," ISS associate scientist Bryan Dansberry said.
- JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi has used it to maintain the ISS treadmill. Another nine test sessions are planned to see what works and what doesn't.