Two early development units for the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset will be among the many cargo items placed inside the unmanned Cygnus spacecraft on Thursday. December 3. The cargo ship for the International Space Station is scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on that date at 5:55 p.m. ET.
You may remember that Microsoft and NASA previously tried to send two HoloLens headsets to the ISS in June aboard a SpaceX cargo ship. Unfortunately, that rocket exploded a few moments after liftoff. Obviously, Microsoft would prefer that not happen again, as these two development kits have since been priced at $3,000 each.
When and if the HoloLens units are delivered safely on board the ISS, the astronauts on the station are scheduled to test it out. One of the demos is a program called Sidekick, which has been designed to let people on Earth could see what an astronaut was seeing via the headset. It could also be used to help train crew members with animated holographic illustrations that are put in place on devices in the real world.
Back on Earth, Microsoft plans to sell early HoloLens units to a select number of developers starting sometime in the first quarter of 2016.