A robotic astronaut named CIMON is on its way to the ISS

Up for a visit

The flight got underway at 5:42 a.m. EDT (09:42 GMT) with the CRS-15 Dragon spacecraft perched atop the approximately 230-foot (70-meter) tall F9.

The SpaceX Dragon spaceship lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 5:42 a.m. Friday, June 29.

"Right now, our main mission is to support the astronauts with their daily tasks to save time, because time is the most valuable and most expensive thing on the ISS", Mr. Biniok said.

And CIMON has trained some time on Earth with German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who is already on the ISS board.

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".

NASA IS SENDING a rather unusual type of crew member aboard its next SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS): a robot called CIMON.

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CIMON is developed by Airbus and IBM to recognize faces while also being able to replicate a number of different voices and accents, CBS News said.

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. "I mean, if you go out to the moon or to Mars, you can not take all mankind and engineers with you, but with an artificial intelligence you have instantly all the knowledge of mankind", said German Aerospace Center CIMON project lead Christian Karrasch in the video below.

Manfred Jaumann, the head of microgravity payloads at Airbus, described CIMON as "a kind of flying brain".

Besides helping out with space work, CIMON is also created to be able to engage in small talk with astronauts.

Faclon 9 also bears an earth science instrument called ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) to measure and check how plants respond to the water availability in the outer space.

The Angiex Cancer Therapy will test effects of vascular-targeted agents on normal blood vessels. The Dragon spacecraft is packed with more than 2,681kg of research, crew supplies and hardware, according to Nasa.

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