AI Robot Cimon Takes over ISS

AI Robot Cimon Takes over ISS

AI Robot Cimon Takes over ISS

Each end of the Canadarm2 robotic arm has an identical LEE, and they are used as the "hands" that grapple payloads and visiting cargo spaceships.

The thin line between science fiction and reality is soon going to vanish with robots completely powered with AI, ready to explore the outer space.

Don't worry about AI running amok on the space station.

Named Crew Interactive Mobile Companion (or CIMON for short), the floating orb is a little larger than a basketball and will use an air propulsion system to slowly move around the ISS.

'He's a friendly guy and he has this hard power-off button, ' German Space Agency physicist Christian Karrasch, the project manager, told The Associated Press.

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.

According to, 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. For example, CIMON can run Gerst through a complex process with the help of pictures and videos displayed on your screen. 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. The language of communication with the robot will be English.

Cimon smiles when it senses the conversation is upbeat and frowns when it's sad.

Researchers chose a ball rather than a humanoid face for Cimon because they thought it would be less potentially disturbing or creepy.

All being well, the new rocket could be used to carry astronauts to the International Space Station in future missions.

The entire project, barely two years in the making, came in under 5 million Euros, or $5.8 million.

SpaceX's spacecraft is scheduled to commence in August its mission to return to Earth to allow NASA to retrieve 3,800 pounds of hardware, research and supplies from the ISS. Once fixed, an improved Robonaut may fly back to the space station.

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