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Astronauts will welcome a free-floating robot head to the ISS this summer

March 6, 2018 | Telepresence Options


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Science fiction is filled with robotic personalities that accompany human astronauts on their voyages: Gerty in Moon, TARS in Interstellar, Marvin in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and of course, HAL-9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

But now, an actual free-floating robotic head known as CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile CompanioN), will bring these speculative visions to life, assuming it is safely delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) this June.

CIMON is on track to be the "first AI-based mission and flight assistance system," on the station, according to Manfred Jaumann, Airbus's head of microgravity payloads, who described the bot as a "a kind of flying brain" in a Monday statement.

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