Waltham, Mass. — Sept. 26
Brainshark Inc., an online and mobile presentation provider, announced that NASA used its SlideShark application to conduct and manage PowerPoint-based training during a 12-day, deep sea expedition this summer.
The team from NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) brought SlideShark to a laboratory 62 feet below sea level as part of a training program designed to determine the most efficient way for humans to explore an asteroid.
The NEEMO crew relied on SlideShark to deliver critical training information and combat communication delays that would occur in an asteroid environment.
NEEMO periodically sends groups of astronauts, engineers and scientists to conduct training at Aquarius, the world’s only undersea research station, operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and located off Key Largo, Fla.
The underwater crew members, known as aquanauts, undertake missions that last up to three weeks at a time. With NASA and the Obama administration setting a goal to have humans explore an asteroid by 2025, Aquarius provides an ideal training ground, with an extreme and low-gravity environment that is similar to space conditions.
This past June, an international NEEMO crew composed of six aquanauts traveled to Aquarius to simulate an asteroid mission, focusing, in particular, on developing techniques for fastening themselves to the surface to take samples and for coping with delays that would arise in communications.
The crew members, all equipped with iPads, needed iPad support for their PowerPoint training content during the trip. Prior to SlideShark’s launch last fall, there was no way to properly and reliably view and present PowerPoints on the iPad.
Source: Brainshark Inc.