Airbus has launched CIMON-2, the latest version of the CIMON astronaut assistant for the German Aerospace Center Space Administration (DLR. The CIMON-2 has showcased its capabilities during initial tests on the International Space Station (ISS).
It showed a number of features during the interaction with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano. The updated version of the CIMON astronaut assistant began its journey to the International Space Station (ISS) on December 9, 2019, launching along with the CRS-19 supply mission from the US’ Kennedy Space Center
CIMON-2 is slated to stay on the ISS for close to three years. A number of tests have been done on CIMON-2, which include voice-controlled navigation, autonomous flight capabilities, and the ability to understand and complete numerous tasks.
For the first time, CIMON-2 also managed to fly to a specific point in the ISS Columbus module. It was able to follow verbal commands to move to a particular location. It was also asked to take photos and videos in the European ISS module, then showing these to the astronaut. The CIMON-2 will be able to help with future experiments on the ISS with the help of these capabilities.
The latest version not only has more advanced sense of direction, but its microphones are also more sensitive than CIMON. The CIMON-2 has also significantly improved in AI capabilities also the stability of its software applications.