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Astronaut assistant CIMON* wins prestigious German Innovation Prize

By [email protected] - 1st May 2019 - 11:14

CIMON, the technology demonstrator developed and built by Airbus on behalf of the German Aerospace Center has won the prestigious German Innovation Prize in the large companies category 2019. The award was presented in Munich on the evening of Friday 29th March. CIMON (Crew Interactive MObile companioN), is the first free-flying astronaut assistant to be tested on board the International Space Station (ISS), and is a technology experiment designed to demonstrate how humans and intelligent machines can work together. CIMON can see, hear, understand, speak and fly. It is spherical with a diameter of 32 cm and weighs 5 kg. It is modelled after a character from the 1980s anime series ‘Captain Future’, Professor Simon Wright, which was known as ‘the flying brain’ and featured sensors, cameras and a speech processor. On 15 November 2018, CIMON successfully completed its first 90-minute space mission with German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst.