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.
It was an especially gorgeous launch, delighting spectators as the rocket plume expanded in the clear night sky like a giant halo, beneath a almost full moon at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The unmanned rocket sent fresh space supplies for the International Space Station, as well as the first robot with artificial intelligence.
Mr. Biniok said the concept of CIMON was inspired by a 1940s science fiction comic series set in space, where a sentient, brain-shaped robot named Professor Simon mentors an astronaut named Captain Future.
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They did the same with Scott and Mark Kelly, Nasa's former identical twin astronauts, during Scott's year-long space station mission a few years ago.
"CIMON is created to support astronauts in performing routine work, for example, by displaying procedures or - thanks to its "neural" AI network and its ability to learn - offering solutions to problems", Airbus explained in a news release.
"Falcon 9 powers the dragon's spectra on the Rocket International Space Station".
The robot should be able to guide Gerst through various science procedures, showing videos or pictures as needed.
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The German Aerospace Center plans for CIMON to undergo three one-hour sessions to demonstrate how well the robot can help with experiments, like a crystal growth study, a test for its eight on-board cameras and an exercise to help Mr. Gerst solve a Rubiks cube. Both the Stage One boosters to be used on this mission and the Dragon capsule have been used on prior missions, according to Space.com.
However, SpaceX will not attempt to give ground to this Falcon 9 after Liftoff. Alexander is the geophysicist of the European Space Agency. However, the weather is good for the launch on Friday, with 90 percent chance of favorable conditions.
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