Early morning SpaceX launch leaves dazzling display in sky


According to NASASpaceFlight.com, CIMON features ultrasonic sensors for collision detection as well as various cameras and microphones to help it maneuver around the spacecraft and interact with space crew.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The last Block 4 variant of the Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida on June 29, 2018.

CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) is an artificial intelligence assistant designed by Airbus and IBM to assist the European Space Agency's astronauts in everyday tasks aboard the ISS .

"CIMON is created to support astronauts in performing routine work, for example, by displaying procedures or - thanks to its "neural" AI network and its ability to learn - offering solutions to problems", Airbus explained in a news release.

It is scheduled to reach the station on Monday. Gerst can also ask CIMON questions about those experiments on which he will work.

The window is instantaneous, meaning teams have only one shot to launch the rocket topped with a Dragon spacecraft destined for a rendezvous with the International Space Station.

The prime goal is to detect whether AI robots can cooperate with astronauts to help work life in space.

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Dragon will fly with almost 6,000 pounds of cargo, supplies and science experiments as part of the 15th of 20 missions under a contract between SpaceX and NASA's Commercial Resupply Services program, also known as CRS-15.

The same first-stage booster launched the planet-hunting Tess satellite in April, while the capsule flew in 2016.

However, SpaceX will not attempt to give ground to this Falcon 9 after Liftoff.

SpaceX won't retrieve the booster for another flight because it is switching to a new model.

The spacecraft will also deliver a Canadian-made Latching End Effector spare that is similarly built to the robotic arm the Canadarm2 uses to grapple spaceships and to roam the orbiting outpost.

Weather is not expected to be an issue Friday with U.S. Air Force Weather officials predicting a near flawless forecast with 90 percent "go" conditions for the instant launch window.