HoloLens blown up on its way to space

You may have heard about the SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-7, an unmanned rocket tasked with transporting supplies up to the International Space Station. You may remember that, last weekend, it exploded minutes after taking off, due to an oxygen tank failure. Here it is, looking like it's been suddenly vapourised behind a cloud:

As Polygon reports, amongst the food, apparatus and (this is a guess) copies of peerless gaming magazines that astronauts require to function, were two HoloLens units. Microsoft and NASA have worked together previously on the AR headset, and the new consignment of 'Lenses was being sent to the ISS for use with a new software system, Sidekick.

Designed to give those on the ground a first-person view from the astronauts' perspective, it would also allow them to throw animated instructions up into the field of view of the HoloLens wearer, simultaneously making being in space even more like science fiction and rendering me even more jealous.

Sadly, it seems as though it will be some time before the astronauts officially become More Than Human - and don't think you can go rooting around Cape Canaveral for some free future-tech, because those suckers burned up on their way down.

Joe Skrebels
Joe first fell in love with games when a copy of The Lion King on SNES became his stepfather in 1994. When the cartridge left his mother in 2001, he turned to his priest - a limited edition crystal Xbox - for guidance. And now he's here.