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SpaceX launches a floating 'AI brain' to the ISS

SpaceX launches a floating 'AI brain' to the ISS

The aim is to investigate the extent to which robot-human collaboration is possible and efficient in a space environment.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Indeed, with CIMON floating nearby, the ISS astronauts could easily call upon the bot for assistance, which they can do by calling out its name.

CIMON was initially tested out on a parabolic flight - an airplane that flies a special trajectory to create brief moments of weightlessness, according to a report by The Verge.

In a February press release announcing CIMON's arrival, Airbus said that CIMON's emotional intelligence, in addition to its friendly face and voice, will help it operate like a true crew member aboard the station. Currently, astronauts read these instructions from a laptop, which Biniok says is an arduous process that a responsive, hands-free companion like CIMON can replace.

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CIMON will be working with Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut.

With reassurances like that, the six crew members must be pretty excited to meet CIMON.

"It will come to him when he speaks".

The unmanned Dragon capsule carried 5,900 pounds (2,700 kilograms) on its 15th supply mission to the orbiting lab, as part of a $1.6 billion contract with NASA.

"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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The launch is scheduled for 2:42 a.m. "The Falcon 9 rocket powers the Dragon spacecraft toward the International Space Station", said a NASA commentator as the white rocket fired its engines and lit up the skies on a dark, Florida morning.

The window is instantaneous, meaning teams have only one shot to launch the rocket topped with a Dragon spacecraft destined for a rendezvous with the International Space Station. The company has an instant launch window, however, if yesterday does not seem right, then it will have to try again another day again.

The weather is looking good for the launch tomorrow, with just a 10 percent chance of a weather-related scrub.

The mission called CRS-15 was SpaceX's 15th of 20 planned under a NASA Commercial Resupply Services contract awarded almost a decade ago.

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