Artificial intelligence robot launched to ISS from US

Pablo Tucker
July 1, 2018

Developed for Germany's DLR Space Administration by Airbus in collaboration with IBM, CIMON weighs around 11 pounds and is about the size of a medicine ball.

Currently, astronauts read these instructions from a laptop, which Mr. Biniok says is an arduous process that a responsive, hands-free companion like CIMON can replace. But what it learns can help in recognizing this type of AI Bot design in the future. For example, CIMON can run Gerst through a complex process with the help of pictures and videos displayed on your screen.

The used Falcon rocket blasted off hauling almost 2,700kg of cargo, including the spherical AI bot named Cimon; genetically identical mice, or mousetronauts; and super-caffeinated coffee for the crew of the International Space Station.

The launch marks SpaceX's fastest repeat flight of a booster rocket: The same Falcon 9 launched the planet-hunting TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) satellite in April.

Mounted atop the Dragon is about 3 tons of supplies, more than half of which is scientific gear, the most exciting arguably being the transportation of CIMON, the space agency's Crew Interactive Mobile Companion that uses artificial intelligence to support astronauts aboard the station. The rocket landed after landing on one of the drones of SpaceX, and the company was able to prepare the vehicle in two and a half months again.

SpaceX's Jessica Jensen described the high-altitude plume to the Associated Press as it illuminated against the dark sky, as "the space jellyfish that's coming down after us".

CIMON was launched from Florida by a SpaceX rocket along with food and supplies for the crew aboard the ISS.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at its scheduled time of 5:42 a.m. Friday.

The spacecraft, packed with almost 2,700 kg of scientific gear, supplies and vehicle hardware, was lifted off at 5:42 a.m. local time (0942 GMT) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The CRS-15 cargo Dragon spacecraft began its ascent toward the International Space Station at 5:42 a.m. EDT. However, the weather is good for the launch on Friday, with 90 percent chance of favorable conditions.

And if you've watched any science fiction movies from the last 50 years, this is where it all starts folks.

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