Asian Surveying & Mapping
Breaking News
Bricsys’ local partner, ACA Pacific, selected by Singapore government as Productivity Solutions Grant (PSG) vendor
The partnership will enable Singaporean companies to access the...
MapmyIndia joins hands with ISRO to boost 3D mapping
Homegrown navigation firm MapmyIndia on Friday said it has...
ISRO and Pataa to develop satellite image-based digital addresses
Bengaluru: Pataa Navigations and Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation...
Esri UK launches careers resources to inspire more students to study geography and GIS
Esri UK today announced a new Careers with GIS...
Southeast Asia’s Grab to offer mapping services to other firms in search for profit
(Reuters) - Grab Holdings Ltd said on Wednesday it...
Hancom launches S. Korea’s 1st commercial Earth observation satellite
SEOUL - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off...
Chinese Automaker Launches Nine Satellites to Aid Self-Driving Cars
China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group unveiled the first nine...
NASA team in India to discuss on joint mission ‘NISAR’ with ISRO; launch likely by Q1 2023
A visiting delegation from the American Space Agency (NASA)...
South Korea Embarks On Domestic UAS Development
SEOUL—South Korea’s Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has confirmed...
Australian 5G Innovation Initiative SkyLink UTM Trials
The 5G UTM trial is part of an overall...

April 1st, 2019
Astronaut Assistant CIMON* Wins Prestigious German Innovation Prize

Munich  – CIMON, the technology demonstrator developed and built by Airbus on behalf of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), has won the prestigious German Innovation Prize (Deutsche Innovationspreis) in the large companies category (Großunternehmen) 2019. The award was presented in Munich on Friday evening.

Every year, Accenture, EnBW and the business magazine WirtschaftsWoche, which joined forces to launch the German Innovation Award, recognise outstanding, forward-looking innovations from German companies, which are transforming business and markets with their innovative strength.

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.

CIMON can support astronauts, for example by displaying and explaining procedures or instructions for scientific experiments and repairs. In particular, CIMON could be used in the future to complete routine tasks, such as documenting experiments, searching for items and taking inventory. It can also be used as a mobile camera. CIMON technology could also be useful here on Earth – assisting in industrial processes, in operating theatres or in the social sector.

 

The interactive astronaut assistant was developed and built by Airbus in Friedrichshafen and Bremen on behalf of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Space Administration and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie; BMWi). Watson AI technology from the IBM Cloud provides voice-controlled artificial intelligence. The scientific aspects of the assistance system were co-developed and supervised by a team at Ludwig-Maximilian University Hospital in Munich (Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, LMU).

 

Currently, the CIMON team is analysing the results of its first space mission, programming improvements and new tasks, and preparing the technology demonstrator for new work missions with new – human – colleagues.

 

Further information on CIMON can be found here: https://www.airbus.com/search.html?q=CIMON&lang=de&newsroom=true