The Massive Image: Astronauts pilot a jetpack in digital actuality

The Big Picture: Astronauts pilot a jetpack in virtual reality

Astronauts cannot waste their jetpacks’ gasoline horsing round, lest they run into hassle, Gravity-fashion. As an alternative, they apply on board the ISS with a chunky laptop computer strapped to their head — for actual. That laptop computer runs a digital actuality simulator by way of a VR headset that is much more… substantial than those we’re used to right here on the bottom. It is completely crucial for them to know the way to management these jetpacks, since they’re used to propel astronauts to security if their tether will get severed throughout an area stroll. These jet packs, by the best way, are referred to as Simplified Help for EVA Rescue or “SAFER.” They’re utterly totally different from the armchair-like propulsion techniques referred to as Manned Maneuvering Unit (the one Mr.Clooney was utilizing within the aforementioned film) that astronauts use to go to places removed from the ISS. SAFERs are the backpacks they put on throughout tethered area walks close to the station, which they will hearth up in the event that they’re in peril of getting misplaced in area.

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