They did the same with former NASA astronauts and identical twins Scott and Mark Kelly, during Scott's yearlong space station mission a few years ago.
Currently, astronauts read these instructions from a laptop, which Mr. Biniok says is an arduous process that a responsive, hands-free companion like CIMON can replace.
The space agency is sending a large, round, plastic robot to the ISS as part of SpaceX's latest supply delivery to the International Space Station.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket with its Dragon capsule (which will deliver the goods to the ISS) launched at 5:42 a.m. ET amid good weather conditions and with no technical difficulties.
An unusual experimental robot, hovering in the air with a cartoon face, was sent today to the International Space Station (ISS) with a space rocket Falcon 9 from Space X, launched by NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
"We like to keep our astronauts super-caffeinated because they work harder then", Shireman joked after liftoff. The capsule is scheduled to reach the station on July 2.
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CIMON is capable of nodding in response to questions and will be able to zoom up to astronauts when being called by its name.
The robot has been described as a "flying brain" by Manfred Jaumann, head of microgravity payloads at Airbus.
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. "And while you're speaking, you can tell you're being understood", said Bret Greenstein with IBM. 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.
NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel will use the space station's Canadarm2 robotic arm to capture Dragon when it arrives at the station. Cimon is programmed to relate to astronauts.
Also among the cargo is a project to measure water stress in plants on Earth and how sertain regions may respond to climate change. The "flight-proven" Dragon spacecraft was tasked with carrying an estimated 5,900 pounds (2,676 kilograms) worth of supplies and equipment to low-Earth orbit (LEO).