SpaceX Propels AI-powered Robot To Assist Astronauts In The Cosmos

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"It will reach the space station Monday, 2 July with NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold, backed up by fellow NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, [who] will supervise the operation of the Canadarm2 robotic arm for Dragon's capture while NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor monitors the spacecraft's systems".

SpaceX's spacecraft is scheduled to commence in August its mission to return to Earth to allow NASA to retrieve 3,800 pounds of hardware, research and supplies from the ISS.

So let's hope the International Space Station's new AI-powered robot crewmate will behave itself on its first mission into the heavens.

So while CIMON was made to help Gerst carry out research, it's also the beginning of the study of human-machine conversational AI interaction in space.

"It was helpful to train it to recognize him so that it will come to him when he speaks". CIMON is to test this AI acquaintance technique, so the bot will only cooperate with the Gerst and other crew members for three hours at the station.

Oliver Steinbock from Florida State University said one of the main goals of simulating chemical gardens in space is to develop a new type of engineering.

The robot is created to guide Gerst through various science procedures, and show videos or pictures as needed.

CIMON is equipped with a microphone on back, an infrared camera on the front, two batteries, and perhaps most importantly, an "offline" button. On top of that, NASA wanted to make sure its outer space scientists had enough energy, so they also sent super-caffeinated coffee.

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 last SpaceX Block 4 Falcon 9 leaves the launch pad at Canaveral's SLC-40 at 5:42 a.m. EDT on June 29, 2018. The next-generation boosters feature improved reusability features and can be flown at least 10 times with minimal refurbishment and possibly up to 100 times with moderate work, according to CEO Elon Musk.

SpaceX says the rocket has numerous upgrades from its predecessor, the Block 4.

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