SpaceX sends AI robot to space station

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Added On July 1, 2018

U.S. aerospace manufacturer SpaceX has launched its Dragon spacecraft.
 
Its mission: To take supplies and an Artificial Intelligence robot to the International Space Station (ISS).
 
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The spacecraft lifted off in the early hours of Friday morning, from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
 
As it lifted off, the Dragon spacecraft was carrying an AI robot, and was packed with nearly 2,700 kg of scientific gear, supplies and vehicle hardware.
 
About 10 minutes later, SpaceX's Twitter account confirmed Dragon was "in good orbit."
 
It is expected to reach the space station on July 2nd, spend around one month there, and then return to Earth.
 
The Dragon has flown before, supporting a mission in July 2016.
 
The spacecraft is carrying an AI robot called "Crew Interactive Mobile Companion", also known as "CIMON". 
 
The robot will explore the use of AI as a way to reduce the stress and workload of the crew during long-term space flights.
 
CIMON, the first form of AI on an ISS mission, can see, hear and talk.
 
In addition to this, a new investigation will examine whether cells cultured in microgravity can be a model system to test the effectiveness of new cancer treatment drugs.
 
Another study will explore how the microgravity environment of space affects microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract.