Astronauts on board the International Space Station get a special colleague. The floating robothulpje CIMON start today on his first official mission.
CIMON stands for Crew Interactive MObile companioN. The robot has a round shape, weighs about 5 pounds and has a built-in screen with a face. Thanks to artificial intelligence can travellers calls to CIMON, but also voice commands to perform.
That way they have their hands free during complicated reparatieprodecures. CIMON’s screen then displays the instructions, but the process can also shoot video for analysis. The problem solving capacity of CIMON is nourished by the study of a Rubik’s Cube.
At approximately 12:00 Dutch time to launch a rocket from SpaceX with the goal of new supplies to the ISS. CIMON with this cargo. The journey takes about three days. Do you want to live look at the launch? That can here.