CI­MON as­tro­naut as­sis­tance sys­tem

CI­MON as­tro­naut as­sis­tance sys­tem
Credit: DLR/T. Bourry/ESA.

CIMON astronaut assistance system

Chris­tian Kar­rasch, CI­MON Project Man­ag­er at the DLR Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion, and Till Eisen­berg, CI­MON project lead at Air­bus Friedrichshafen, hold CI­MON in their hands in the Colum­bus mod­ule mock-up at the ESA Eu­ro­pean As­tro­naut Cen­tre (EAC) in Cologne-Porz on 30 Jan­uary 2018. CI­MON is an in­no­va­tive, glob­al­ly unique as­tro­naut as­sis­tance sys­tem. This au­tonomous fly­ing sys­tem is equipped with ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and will be used for the first time by Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Alexan­der Gerst dur­ing his ‘hori­zons’ mis­sion in the sum­mer of 2018. The DLR Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion award­ed the CI­MON project con­tract to Air­bus, and the de­vice was spe­cial­ly de­vel­oped for use in the Eu­ro­pean Colum­bus mod­ule on the ISS.

Christian Karrasch, CIMON Project Manager at the DLR Space Administration, and Till Eisenberg, CIMON project lead at Airbus Friedrichshafen, hold CIMON in their hands in the Columbus module mock-up at the ESA European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne-Porz on 30 January 2018. CIMON is an innovative, globally unique astronaut assistance system. This autonomous flying system is equipped with artificial intelligence and will be used for the first time by German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst during his ‘horizons’ mission in the summer of 2018. The DLR Space Administration awarded the CIMON project contract to Airbus, and the device was specially developed for use in the European Columbus module on the ISS.

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