The International Space Station now has its first artificial intelligence robot thanks to a delivery from SpaceX.
At 9:52am ET, @SpaceX's #Dragon cargo craft was bolted into place and is now attached to the @Space_Station where it will be for the next month delivering more than 5,900 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory. Watch: https://t.co/ZuxLDtzW9c pic.twitter.com/X5GQSxyHkB
— NASA (@NASA) July 2, 2018
According to the Associated Press, SpaceX’s capsule reached the space station three days after launching from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Accompanying the robot delivery was some coffee, ice-cream, berries and identical brown mice who will be used for a study of gut bacteria.
The robot, named Cimon and pronounced Simon, is meant to assist German astronaut Alexander Gerst with science experiments.
— Ricky Arnold (@astro_ricky) July 2, 2018
“Looking forward to some really exciting weeks ahead as we unload the science and get started on some great experiments,” station astronaut Ricky Arnold told mission control after using a large mechanical arm to grab the Dragon capsule as the spacecraft soared above Quebec, Canada.