Flying robot with artificial intelligence has successfully traveled to the ISS
Very curious robot will be on board the ISS during the next mission SpaceX replenishment. It is made in the form of a sphere with a flattened side of the screen, which is painted on his face. He can talk, respond to verbal commands and fly. Robot called Cimon, short for "interactive mobile companion crew", and it is essentially a flying brain from IBM with the body and the mechanism for the flight by Airbus. This is a joint project of the company, which should simplify the work of the astronauts on board the International Space Station.
Robot developed in order to be displayed on the screen for a voice command repair instructions, and hands astronauts are free or busy with repairs. CIMON also be able to demonstrate the experimental procedure and simply serve as a stand-alone database with voice control. Before it is fully operational, it will have to pass several tests on arrival at the station. German astronaut Alexander Gerst will use CIMON for experiments with crystals and Rubik's Cube, as well as to conduct a medical experiment in which the robot will serve as a flying camera. IBM CIMON trained using voice Gersten, and the current version of the robot responds specifically to his team. This will help space agencies around the world to find out how useful the AI in space and whether you can take it in the future long-term missions.
Previously Flying Falcon 9 rocket with CIMON supplies and astronauts, as well as new scientific instruments will have to go today, June 29, unless the launch will not transfer due to weather conditions.
UPDATED: rocket successfully launched, the cargo went to the docking orbit and the ISS will be in three days.