Underwater with Voxer: Astronauts Prep for Space

By Jim Panttaja, Head of Corporate Development and Member of Voxer’s Founding Team

Dreams of Outer Space
I grew up watching the Gemini and Apollo launches and missions on TV, for which I got up very early in the morning. I marveled at NASA’s management of the incredibly complex – and dangerous – processes associated with a mission.

For the next two weeks I get to play a small part in that. NEEMO 20 – “NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations” – is a two-week mission 62 feet under the sea in the Florida Keys. NASA runs analog missions like NEEMO to prepare for future trips to asteroids or Mars. Being underwater is much like being in outer space: it’s similar to limited gravity and an unfamiliar environment. Four “aquanauts” will live in an underwater habitat called Aquarius. Each day they emerge from the habitat into the water to do repairs on the base and conduct experiments, as they would on a spacecraft.

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Voxer-Using NASA Crew “Lands” Back on Earth

By Jim Panttaja, Head of Corporate Development and Member of Voxer’s Founding Team

Simulating Mars
As I drove down Saddle Road in Hawaii early Saturday morning, I took a look around me. Was I on Mars? No, but it certainly looked like it. I was headed to the HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) habitat, where a team of six scientists who had been cooped up in a habitat for eight months, were about to emerge from isolation.

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Voxing Home From Mars On Christmas Eve

In September last year, we showed how NASA was using Voxer in it’s NEEMO project for primary communications, and for potential future use on Mars!

Voxer has now partnered with NASA’s HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) mission, which began in October, and will be the longest Mars simulation conducted by the U.S.

InformationWeek editor, David F Carr wrote a story on the six simulated space explorers through an interview conducted over Voxer, read below: Continue reading…