SpaceX Dragon, launched aboard Falcon 9, carried an Artificial Intelligence (AI) robot named CIMON to the ISS. CIMON stands for ‘Crew Interactive MObile CompanioN’.IT is the first-ever AI Space Robot. CIMON is a German robot named after a genius doctor in sci-fi series "Captain Future". CIMON will assist ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst during his mission on the ISS. The self-propelling Cimon will float at the astronaut's side and help him with research procedures.
Cimon smiles when it senses an upbeat conversation and frowns when it's sad. Cimon is a joint project of Airbus and IBM and costed under 5 million euros (approx. $5.8 million USD). Next year, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano will be Cimon's orbital master