Hologram doctors visit the space station for the first time

“It’s a completely new way of human communication.”


Things are looking more and more like “Star Trek” every day.

As NASA noted in a press release, a medical hologram team was “holoported” aboard the International Space Station late last year, making them the first people to see their 3D likenesses projected into space using technology from Microsoft and a startup called AEXA Aerospace.

“This is a whole new way of human communication over vast distances,” said NASA flight surgeon Dr. Josef Schmid, one of the team’s doctors who was screened. in the ISS, in the release. “Plus, it’s a whole new way to explore humans, where our human entity is able to travel off-planet.”

The next generation

Sci-fi fans are probably familiar with the concept of holographic doctors since “Star Trek: Voyager” featured a beloved hologram doctor character most often referred to simply as “Doc.” And don’t forget the iconic version of the “Star Wars” franchise concept.

This is the first time in real life, however, that people aboard a spacecraft have interacted with holograms, although Microsoft, as NASA notes, has dabbled in hologram technology since 2016.

Using Microsoft’s Hololens Kinect camera and a computer running AEXA software, Dr. Schmid and other members of his Earthbound team were able to chat with European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet while on board the ISS.

Alongside hologram technology, AEXA is also interested in the development of augmented reality and virtual reality software, which could mean that “holodecks” like those aboard many famous “Star Trek” ships could soon become a reality. also.

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