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VTT Presents New HoloLens Based Maintenance Tool for ESA Astronauts

A new HoloLens tool built by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland aims to help astronauts perform maintenance tasks and real-time equipment monitoring in space.


The tool has been exclusively developed for the European Space Agency (ESA) in an effort to help astronauts with the provisioning of work instructions while they are in space.

According to VTT, “first practical tests carried out at ESA's European Astronaut Centre produced excellent results.”

As VTT explains in a public statement, maintenance and other work tasks in space have to be carried out without errors and at highly precise timing.

To be ready for those complex and demanding tasks, astronauts have to pass in-depth practising to be capable not only to coordinate well technical aspects, but also to cooperate with a distant team of experts.

The tool, which was developed during the two-year long EdcAR project (Engineering data in cross platform AR), transmits critical information to an astronaut´s HoloLens device, providing him detailed visual instructions with step-by-step guidance for critical procedures.

Precise AR HoloLens-Guidance for Astronauts

It uses different output in the form of text, graphics, video, sound etc. to help the astronaut “perform the necessary procedures in the right order, such as “now press this button”, “then turn the lever (B)” and similar.

First practical tests of the new AR systems have been performed in the ISS-Columbus training facility located in the ESA's on-ground European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany.

And while it has been specifically designed for the space industry, VTT points out that it could also “be applied in a number of sectors, such as the aviation industry, machine building, ships, mining machines and power plants.”

Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.

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