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‘Flying brain’ designed to follow German astronaut launches Friday

Tampa (AFP) June 28, 2018

A floating, ball-shaped, artificial intelligence robot, specially trained to follow around a German astronaut at the International Space Station, is scheduled to blast off Friday on its ground-breaking mission.

The basketball-sized device called CIMON – shortened from Crew Interactive MObile CompanioN – was described as a “flying brain” by Manfred Jaumann, head of microgravity payloads at