Cartoon face robot travels to space

04 July, 2018, 09:49 | Author: Grady King
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It launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Friday at 5:42 am (0942 GMT), along with some 5,900 pounds (2,700 kilograms) of gear packed aboard SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo capsule. Think HAL 9000 in2001: A Space Odyssey,Moon's GERTY, and Holly in the BBC'sRed Dwarf. The Crew Interactive Mobile CompanioN (CIMON) is designed to help astronauts with their jobs and to create a feeling of talking to a crew mate, and playing with a Rubik cube.

'In short, CIMON will be the first AI-based mission and flight assistance system, ' said Manfred Jaumann, Head of Microgravity Payloads from Airbus.

CIMON has been trained to recognize the voice and face of Alexander Gerst, 42, a geophysicist with the European Space Agency. On the other hand, the producers of CIMON say that voice-controlled AI capabilities granted by IBM are supported by the partner to collaborate with any astronaut who calls its name.

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As part of the contract with NASA $ 1.6 billion (about 11,000 crores), unmanned Dragon capsules made 5,900 pounds (2,700 kg) on the 15th supply mission in the class laboratory.

Just before dawn on Friday, SpaceX launched a spaceship with almost 6,000 lbs of cargo to the International Space Station.

That's because IBM is sending an AI robot to assist the ISS crew in their scientific endeavors and also to keep them company, reports FOX News.

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According to NASASpaceFlight.com, CIMON features ultrasonic sensors for collision detection as well as various cameras and microphones to help it maneuver around the spacecraft and interact with space crew.

The robot will independently move around the ISS and communicate with the crew, prompting and displaying the desired information.

In addition to helping with experiments, CIMON is equipped with sensors that can alert astronauts to risky conditions when they're not near a computer console. Jessica Jensen, director of the Dragon Mission Management in SpaceX, said in a press conference before the mission "Our teams have gained immensely in the renewal process".

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"Looking forward to some really exciting weeks ahead as we unload the science and get started on some great experiments,"Station astronaut Ricky Arnold reported to Mission Control after using a robotic arm to grab the Dragon".

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