Mobile robot the ball is sent to space station

Airbus / DLR

An experimental robot with a cartoon face was sent to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a spacex Falcon 9 rocket.

Nicknamed Cimon (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion, the device is intended as “an artificial intelligence-based assistant for astronauts”.

Cimon weighs 5kg, but in the absence of gravity, it floats to move with 14 internal fans.

It is an attempt to discover if robots and astronauts can work together.

To this end, the Cimon is equipped with microphones and cameras that can recognize Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut with whom I work.

The “offline” button is designed to Cimon, which allows Gerst to avoid having the streaming audio server on the Earth during the moments of privacy.

The rocket beat the bot on its way to the earth’s orbit lifted off from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, 05:42 Eastern time (10:42 BST).

Airbus / DLR

It was part of a consignment of goods weighing about 2.7 tons, which includes food and water.

The cargo is contained in a modified Dragon capsule separated from the Falcon 9 and dock with the ISS on Monday.

“At this time, our main mission is to support the astronauts with their daily activities to save time, because time is the most precious, and most expensive thing on the ISS,” IBM engineer Matthias Biniok told Reuters.

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Cimon, who speaks English, was developed by Airbus and IBM for the national German space agency, DLR.

Will be able to give the astronauts instruction to help them to perform scientific experiments and will be able to answer questions verbal.

On the 13th of December, the Cimon will return to the Earth.