On Friday morning, SpaceX has launched its 15th cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA. In this cargo supply by SpaceX, the total weight of the supply will be near to 6,000 pounds which were placed on top of the Falcon 9 rocket. The space vehicle also includes the shipments of food and water for the six astronauts who are living on ISS.
In this all cargo supply, a special cargo has also been sent which is first ever AI robot crew member who will be living on the space station. The name of the robot is CIMON whose full form is Crew Interactive Mobile Companion. It looks like a volleyball which has a computer screen on one side and the screen displays the simplified cartoon face which helps the bot to interact with the humans. It has been equipped with about 14 internal fans which will help in moving the white ball by sucking the air of station and then it will expel out the air in the direction it needs.
The Airbus has developed CIMON for Germany’s national space agency. The main goal is to see the intelligent bots who can cooperate with the astronauts so that the work will get simplified in space. This robot has already been tested on a parabolic flight. Before going to space, CIMON has already been trained with the German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who is there onboard of ISS. To make work easier the bot’s microphones and cameras are specially tuned so that the bot will recognize him.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was taken off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at about5: 42 AM ET on Friday. The Dragon will be traveling through space for about three days, and it will dock at ISS on Monday at around 7 AM ET.