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Flying Brain launched by Space X

Flying Brain launched by Space X

The closely held company controlled by CEO Elon Musk launched its Falcon 9 rocket and payload from Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida about 5.44am local time.

Interaction between astronauts on the Horizons mission aboard the ISS will be used by Airbus and IBM to continue to improve how CIMON operates and assists humans in space. Developed for Germany's DLR Space Administration by Airbus in collaboration with IBM, CIMON weighs around 11 pounds and is about the size of a medicine ball. Live coverage of the rendezvous and capture will air on NASA Television and the agency's website beginning at 2:30 a.m. PDT (5:30 a.m. EDT) Monday, July 2.

This is SpaceX's 15th cargo flight to the space station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract.

CIMON was created to find out whether robots could work together with astronauts.

The statement said that CIMON is "tuned to relate to the astronaut, so if the astronaut says I miss my family - which we have [Biniok] saying, CIMON responds with a more compassionate tone and a suggestion on how to help".

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SpaceX launched Friday a spacecraft that contains equipment NASA intends to aid activities onboard the International Space Station, including research on artificial intelligence, cellular biology and Earth science.

SpaceX employs the Falcon 9 rocket used for this mission, as well as uses the Dragon Cargo Capsule used to supply all the ISS.

"Right now, our main mission is to support the astronauts with their daily tasks to save time, because time is the most valuable and most expensive thing on the ISS", Mr. Biniok said.

CRS-15 will mark one of the final Block 4 launches as SpaceX looks forward to launching its newest version, Block 5, on a full-time basis. CIMON will help the geophysicist and volcanologist study crystals on the space station, solve a Rubik's cube using video data and play the role of an "intelligent camera" to document a medical experiment on-board.

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.