AI Robot Cimon Takes over ISS

Enlarge  SpaceX launches NASA's TESS mission in April 2018. That booster may fly again

Enlarge SpaceX launches NASA's TESS mission in April 2018. That booster may fly again

SpaceX, the popular space transportation company, has sent a robot CIMON (stands for Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) to the International Space Station (ISS) of NASA today.

CIMON will work with the space station's Watson AI - IBM's artificial intelligence technology - created to support space flight crews. Measuring 32cm across and tipping the scales at 5kg, it's essentially astronauts' flight attendant and assistance system.

It can even search for objects and document experiments, according to the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

CIMON will verbally communicate step-by-step instructions to Mr. Gerst during three planned science experiments on the space station's European module.

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CIMON will deploy a range of IBM Watson artificial intelligence, including computer vision and various forms of natural language processing. If, for instance, an astronauts uses the word "Afirm", short for affirmative instead of yes, CIMON is trained to understand that. "With CIMON, we are entering new territory and operating at the threshold of technological feasibility".

CIMON is able to answer voice commands and can research a database of information about the ISS.

There was a blast.A new, extra hand for the robotic arm of the station, an experiment to measure the stress of plants in space and a new cancer treatment study board was also on the board because Falcon 9 Rocket Florida Cape Canaveral, Florida at 5:42 (3: IS at 12 o'clock).

"Right now, our main mission is to support the astronauts with their daily tasks to save time, because time is the most valuable and most expensive thing on the ISS", Mr. Biniok said.

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About 10 minutes into the flight, SpaceX confirmed that the Dragon had successfully deployed from the rocket's second stage and was in a "good orbit".

It is scheduled to reach the station on Monday.

Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel, U.S. astronauts onboard the ISS, will use the Canadarm2 to grab the Dragon spacecraft.

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