Artificial intelligence robot launched to ISS from US

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"We are very happy that CIMON will be the first artificial intelligence in space".

As part of the contract with NASA $ 1.6 billion (about 11,000 crores), unmanned Dragon capsules made 5,900 pounds (2,700 kg) on the 15th supply mission in the class laboratory.

A robot with artificial intelligence (AI) will be living on the International Space Station (ISS) along with other crew members, for the first time. "It is meant to show to what extent the astronauts' work can be supported in the European Columbus module on the ISS and relieve them, in particular, of routine tasks", said Christian Karrasch, CIMON Project Manager at the DLR Space Administration.

About 10 minutes into the flight, SpaceX confirmed that the Dragon had successfully deployed from the rocket's second stage and was in a "good orbit".

Like HAL, the autonomous Cimon is an acronym: it stands for Crew Interactive Mobile Companion.

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.

CIMON will only stay in space for a few months; the robot is scheduled to return to earth in December so scientists can study and assess its abilities.

"This is kind of a historical moment", DLR Project Lead of CIMON, Christian Karrasch, said in the video.

He is described by his makers as the astronauts' flight attendant and assistance system and is heading to the ISS for tests into the development of cooperation between humans and intelligent machines.

Gerst can also ask the robot questions beyond the simple procedure at hand.

Using microphones, cameras, and a battery of other sensors, the AI will be used to help Gerst carry out experiments to explore how the crystallization of materials differs in space compared to Earth, an IBM spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. Dragon separated from Falcon 9s second stage about nine minutes and thirty seconds after liftoff and is on its way to the International Space Station, now expected to arrive early on the morning of July 2nd.

SpaceX sent a cargo spacecraft on a resupply run to the International Space Station on Friday, carrying with it three tons of equipment that included a robotic "floating brain".



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