An experimental robot with an animated cartoon face has been sent to the International Space Station (ISS) on a board a space X Falcon 9 rocket.
“an AI-based assistant for astronauts” – device is intehded, Dubbed Cimon (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion).
5 kg weight of a Cimon but it will float in the zero gravity and move around thanks to 14 internal fans.
Whether robots and astronauts can collaborate? It is an attempt to find out.
At this end, Cimon was assembled with microphones and cameras which help them to recognise the German astronaut Alexander Gerst with whom it will work.
Cimon designed an “offline” button, which allow and help Gerst to avoid while having the audio streamed to servers on the earth during the moments of privacy.
On its way, The rocket whisking the bot to Earth orbit from which he took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 05:42 Eastern time (10:42 BST).
2.7 tonnes is the nearly weight as it was a part of cagro shipment which includes food and water.
In an Dragon Capsule the Cargo is contained that will detach from the Falcon 9 and the ISS on Monday with its dock.
“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,” IBM engineer Matthias Biniok said Reuters.
Cimon, a robot which speak English which was developed by Airbus and IBM for the German national space agency, DLR.
Astronauts were given the instructions which will able to give and help them to carry out some scientific experiments and all the verbal questions will be responded.
“The use of artificial intelligence in assisting space flight is an obviously good use of the technology,” said AI expert Noel Sharkey at the University of Sheffield.
Cimon could prove its worth, he pointed.
“It is only in the experimental stages at present and if it is not useful, no space agency will want to waste incredible valuable space with it.”
Cimon is scheduled to return to Earth, On 13 December