SpaceX sends AI robot ‘crew member’ to join astronauts on space station

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During its open-ended stay on the space station, Cimon should grow ever smarter and more knowledgeable, its system updated via IBM's Cloud.

"CIMON allows the astronaut to keep both hands free, with no need to manually operate a computer, for example", said the German Aerospace Centre. CIMON is to test this AI acquaintance technique, so the bot will only cooperate with the Gerst and other crew members for three hours at the station.

The spacecraft is taking around 2,600 kilograms of supplies to the worldwide space station; these include an AI robot named Cimon, cellular biology equipment for cancer therapy, a chemical garden, and other earth science objects.

"It will come to him when he speaks". It was on its way to deliver cargo to the International Space Station.

This robot which weighs 5kg is an Al assistant for astronauts. Already savvy about Gerst's science research, the self-propelling Cimon will float at the astronaut's side and help, when asked, with research procedures.

It was built by Airbus on behalf of the German Aerospace Center in a bid to "demonstrate cooperation between humans and intelligent machines" in the form of a technology experiment.

CIMON will work with the space station's Watson AI - IBM's artificial intelligence technology - created to support space flight crews.

The Dragon spacecraft, propelled by the Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, is the 15th ISS cargo flight SpaceX has conducted for NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract, the space agency said Friday.

It will hover at the eye level of astronaut and its front camera can easily detect if the person it is facing is Alexander, or someone else.

Once back on, voice recordings are activated again. The Dragon spacecraft is packed with more than 2,681kg of research, crew supplies and hardware, according to Nasa.

Researchers say CIMON is not yet trained to respond to all possible emergencies and protocols on the space station.

NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel grab Dragon when it arrives using the space station's Canadarm2 robotic arm, NASA said.

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