During the return flight from the International Space Station, the SpaceX crew had a small setback with an app that they were fortunately able to solve thanks to AirDrop. A curiosity for technology and its peculiarities.
AirDrop aboard a rocket, the curiosity of the day
The crew of the Dragon spaceship, as if it were a Tesla car, enjoy a cabin with large touch screens where they can view information and control the ship. In addition, instruction manuals and other resources are stored on one iPad mini per crew member so that they can be viewed comfortably.
Thanks to special gloves compatible with touch screens, astronauts have access to the necessary documentation without having to carry a single sheet of paper, but And when the required application generates an error? This is the situation experienced by astronauts Behnken and Doug, with engineer Anne Menon, upon their return to earth. Apparently the SpaceX app they are using to display the mission timeline was giving an error message.
- Behnken: A timeline app on my iPad gives me an error message saying Safari can’t open the page and then it has an HTML address because your iPad isn’t connected to the internet.
- Menon: Can you confirm that Wi-Fi is off and airplane mode is on?
- Behnken: Yeah, uh, Wi-Fi is off and Airplane mode is on. If you have the cameras on, I’ll try to show it.
- Menon: Let’s do this. We enter with a ground station pass and we have the camera moving. And Dragon SpaceX, can you bring that a little closer?
- Menon: Dragon SpaceX, we have a good picture. Thank you, we have studied it and contacted you. And to be clear, this is happening on your iPad, not Doug’s.
- Behnken: Yes, it’s happening on my iPad. It used to have a good timeline, but when we started setting up and loading the changes you just read, it went to this page instead of the timeline it had before.
Fortunately, the app failure was minor and appears to have been caused by an error in the app cache while saving some data. SpaceX asked Dough to take screenshots of his timeline in case his app crashes as well. Then the two astronauts turned on Wi-Fi on their iPads and used AirDrop to skip the captures.
We can therefore check if an iPhone is free from any operator under iOS 14
This will probably be the most curious use of AirDrop of all that we can remember in a while. Just as this technology makes our daily lives easier on this planet, it can also make it easier for us outside of it.