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

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

"An observational pilot study with the [CIMON] aims to provide first insights into the effects of crew support from an artificial intelligence in terms of efficiency and acceptance during long-term missions in space", NASA said in a statement Friday after the successful launch.

Aiming to lower launch costs by reusing rockets, SpaceX did not retrieve the booster for another flight and instead ditched it in the Atlantic.

To be honest, we find it more exciting than scary and we're sure the astronauts on board the space station will find his company interesting and useful.

German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who arrived at the orbiting lab a month ago, will introduce Cimon to space life during three one-hour sessions.

The spacecraft is taking around 2,600 kilograms of supplies to the global space station; these include an AI robot named Cimon, cellular biology equipment for cancer therapy, a chemical garden, and other earth science objects.

The spacecraft carries over 5,900 pounds of load, including experimentation and investigation equipment such as the Crew Interactive Mobile Companion, Micro-12 and Ecosystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station. The capsule is scheduled to reach the station on July 2.

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In addition, CIMON will be a first robot which makes interactions with people in space.

The robot is created to guide Gerst through various science procedures, and show videos or pictures as needed. But what it learns can help in recognizing this type of AI Bot design in the future.

Gerst can also ask the robot questions beyond the simple procedure at hand.

Also among the cargo is a project to measure water stress in plants on Earth and how sertain regions may respond to climate change.

This is SpaceX's 15th cargo flight to the space station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract, NASA said in a statement. Dragon separated from Falcon 9s second stage about nine minutes and thirty seconds after liftoff and is on its way to the International Space Station, now expected to arrive early on the morning of July 2nd.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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