Early morning SpaceX launch leaves dazzling display in sky

Audrey Hill
July 4, 2018

It will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40, today, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

"CIMON allows the astronaut to keep both hands free, with no need to manually operate a computer, for example", said the German Aerospace Centre. The Crew Interactive Mobile CompanioN (CIMON) is designed to help astronauts with their jobs and to create a feeling of talking to a crew mate, and playing with a Rubik cube.

"With CIMON, crew members can do more than just work through a schematic view of prescribed checklists and procedures; they can also engage with their assistant", Airbus said in its original announcement of the new AI companion. It's trained to recognize his face and voice. Jessica Jensen, director of Dragon mission management at SpaceX did say engineers are examining a potential issue with a thermal protection panel on the cargo capsule, which is already mounted on a Falcon 9 booster.

The space agency is sending a large, round, plastic robot to the ISS as part of SpaceX's latest supply delivery to the International Space Station. On Monday, July 2, the ISS received its first artificial intelligence robot, and as a bonus, was also graced with berries, ice cream, and brown mice. What's more, activities and tasks performed by ISS crew members are starting to get more complicated, so an AI could help.

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The robot will independently move around the ISS and communicate with the crew, prompting and displaying the desired information. The German astronaut will use CIMON to see if the bot will increase his efficiency and effectiveness as he works on various experiments.

CIMON is equipped with a microphone on back, an infrared camera on the front, two batteries, and perhaps most importantly, an "offline" button.

On arrival of the Spacecraft at the station, NASA's astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel will use the space station's Canadarm2 robotic arm to capture the Dragon as it makes its arrival. Cimon will tell you what tool is best to use for the fix of a particular piece, as well as inform about possible faults in the system.

CIMON will work with three times Gerst on three tasks during the mission, according to Airbus, where the robot will give verbal instructions.

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