On board, the automobile is verified for six astronauts living on the ISS, along with shipments of food and water as well as different science experiments and technologies in Microgravity.
The robot will use the simplified cartoon faces on its display screen to interact with the humans on the space station. Using its 14 internal fans, CIMON can accelerate toward any astronaut calling its name and can appear to "nod" to show understanding of a command.
CIMON was built in a joint partnership between IBM and Airbus, and the ESA will be the ones to test it out, but it could be a sign of even greater things to come.
Interaction between astronauts on the Horizons mission aboard the ISS will be used by Airbus and IBM to continue to improve how CIMON operates and assists humans in space.
"CIMON allows the astronaut to keep both hands free, with no need to manually operate a computer, for example", said the German Aerospace Centre.
Once on the station, Gerst will applaud Simon and will practice the bot to help in some science tryouts. Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut now aboard the ISS, helped design CIMON's screen prompts and vocal controls.
Gerst can also ask the robot questions beyond the simple procedure at hand. Complete with facial recognition, CIMON will help astronauts perform various tasks and aid them in working through problems when needed.
CIMON was launched by SpaceX as part of its 15th cargo mission to the ISS for NASA.
The Dragon capsule which will dock Monday with the Space Station and deliver almost 6,000 pounds of supplies to the astronauts orbiting Earth - including some very strong coffee - has previously flown too. The rocket landed after landing on one of the drones of SpaceX, and the company was able to prepare the vehicle in two and a half months again.
"We have implemented this experiment in a very short time". SpaceX will discard B1045 after liftoff, so don't expect a landing at the Cape or on a drone ship. The mission, a cargo run to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract.
A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft loaded with about 2,600 kgs of research and supplies, including experiments investigating cellular biology, Earth science and Artificial Intelligence (AI), lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket on Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. A backup launch date is set for ET on Sunday, 1st July at 4:54 PM.
Weather is not expected to be an issue Friday with U.S. Air Force Weather officials predicting a near ideal forecast with 90 percent "go" conditions for the instant launch window.