Earlier today, SpaceX successfully launched a recycled Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida carrying around 6,000 pounds of cargo to the ISS. This means that CIMON can "float" at the station, which is zooming for astronauts who call on its name and shout in response to questions. No mutinous takeovers like HAL from the 1968 film classic "2001: A Space Odyssey".
A SpaceX rocket that flew just two months ago with a Nasa satellite has roared back into action, launching the first orbiting robot with artificial intelligence and other station supplies. Powered with voice-assisted AI, CIMON can even remember and identify astronauts in the space station.
Crew Interactive MObile CompanioN (CIMON) sent to space to work as a mobile autonomous assistance system.
This is SpaceX's 15th cargo flight to the space station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract, NASA said in a statement. It also has an on-screen face that can seemingly change its expression, a feature Airbus hopes will make CIMON seem like a genuine "colleague" to ISS astronauts.
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.
A robot with true artificial intelligence is about to invade space.
Cimon's human handlers promise the robot will behave. Cimon is created to help the ISS crew to perform duties and monitor the psychological condition of the members of the expedition. The language of communication with the robot will be English. Complete with facial recognition, CIMON will help astronauts perform various tasks and aid them in working through problems when needed.
CIMON will provide data for studies on AI crew support in long-term space missions.
Current ISS astronaut Alexander Gerst will work with CIMON on three specific tasks, one of which involves performing a complex medical experiment using the robot as an intelligent flying camera.
Live coverage of the rendezvous and capture will air on NASA Television beginning at 5:30 a.m. Monday, July 2.