SpaceX sends first ever AI robot to ISS as part of its 15th cargo mission

A robot having built-in artificial intelligence reportedly would float in space. This huge, plastic, spherical robot head has been sent to the International Space Station (ISS) by SpaceX.

This pre-dawn liftoff of Friday is the fifteenth cargo mission of SpaceX for NASA to the ISS. The mission involved supplies of near about six thousand pounds aboard the Falcon 9 rocket of SpaceX. The supplies included water and food for the 6 astronauts working at the space station and also the recent science technologies and experiments designed to be examined in the microgravity. Within the supplies, there were also 2 groups of genetically similar female mice and super-caffeinated coffee for the crew at the space station.

The name of this AI robot is CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) and it appears just like that of a volleyball having a desktop screen on its one side. The desktop screen features a cartoon-like face, which would be used by the bot for interacting with human beings aboard the International Space Station. For moving in space, CIMON reportedly has fourteen internal fans, which tend to pull in the white colored ball just by drawing in the air present in the space station and discharging it for moving in any direction that it requires to. This implies that CIMON could “float” all over the space station, flying up to the crew members who call out its name, “CIMON” and nodding promptly as a response to any question that is asked.

The Airbus designed CIMON for the National Space Agency of Germany with the objective of observing if the intelligent bots could work in cooperation with the astronauts in the space station for making work life simple in space. The CIMON has been already tested once on a “parabolic flight” that is an airplane, which flies a distinct trajectory for building up short periods of weightlessness. CIMON has also been trained number of times on the Earth with the German Astronaut Alexander Gerst. Gerst is already onboard the International Space Station. The cameras and microphones of the bot are uniquely designed to identify Gerst’s face and voice. Nevertheless, the makers of CIMON have claimed that the voice-controlled Artificial Intelligence abilities of the bot allow it for interacting with any of the astronauts onboard the ISS who call out its name.

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