On the morning of June 29, SpaceX company launched the fifteenth cargo mission for the International Space Station (ISS) for the NASA space agency. On board the Falcon 9 rocket in the Dragon capsule there are food and water supplies for six astronauts living on the ISS, as well as new scientific experiments and technologies that will be tested in microgravity. Among the latter, among other things, also a new “member of the crew” – the first ever robot with artificial intelligence, designed to work in space.
The robot is developed by one of the largest aircraft manufacturers Airbus and is called “CIMON” (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion). It has the shape of a sphere and a built-in monitor that displays an electronic “face” when interacting with people on the ISS. CIMON is equipped with 14 internal fans, responsible for air intake at the station and its displacement. This system allows the robot to move in any direction and come close to the astronauts to help at the right time.
Initially, Airbus released CIMON for the National Space Agency of Germany in order to find out whether intelligent robots can cooperate with astronauts and simplify work in space. The technology has already been tested on a parabolic flight (an airplane that flies along a special trajectory to create short moments of zero gravity). In addition, on Earth, CIMON trained with German astronaut Alexander Gerst (Alexander Gerst). Microphones and robot cameras are specially tuned for a separate recognition of his voice and face, but, of course, the device can recognize any astronaut – you just need to name the name CIMON.
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Together with CIMON SpaceX, I sent another useful tool to the ISS – ECOSTRESS. It will be attached to the outside of the station to measure the temperature of plants on Earth. These data will help scientists explore the ecosystem of the planet and find out if plants in the world receive enough water, and how they react to stress.
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