Last week Microsoft told the world that they were partnering with NASA to send HoloLens to space. A couple of days later, Elon Musk had one of the worst birthdays ever when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded just minutes after its launch.
As we all know, the Falcon 9 rocket that carried Microsoft HoloLens as a part of the supply, never made it to the International Space Station.
NASA has said that SpaceX shuttle suffered an anomaly that caused the explosion. Elon Musk had said that the explosion was a result of the overpressure in the upper stage oxygen storage tank.
It is a definitely a sad news for Microsoft and NASA. In the past, Microsoft has said that HoloLens would be a real benefit in space and will be much more than just a normal virtual reality headset.
— NASA (@NASA) June 28, 2015
NASA’s associate administrator for communications said, “We are disappointed in the loss of the latest SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.”
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella expressed his grief via Twitter:
Space is hard… @NASA we’re with you and ready to try again!
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) June 28, 2015
“Microsoft HoloLens is about transforming the ways you create, connect, and explore,” said Alex Kipman, technical fellow, Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft. he called the Project Sidekick a great example of the future applications of HoloLens to unlock new potentials and benefit the astronauts with holographic computing.
Forbes writes that next SpaceX launch hasn’t been confirmed but a launch later this year is expected to take place.
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