The intended space station can be a wonderful place of learning and wonder. However, to get to this miracle, there are always some bug fixes that need to be fixed – and this task falls to the astronauts who occupy the ISS missions.
Take these latest shots of astronauts exploring CIMON – a hovering robot head similar to Siri or Alexa – who seems to need some tweaking.
CIMON, or "Crew Interactive MObile companioN", is a floating globe with a display face weighing about 5 kilograms. It can answer questions, take photos and videos, display and explain information for experiments or repairs, and even search for objects.
And it seems that the developers have also tried to give her some personality with mixed results.
"I'm from Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance, it's a beautiful place," they say.
In the following ESA video, CIMON starts off well, chatting with the astronaut of Expedition 56/57 Alexander Gerst and flying around the station Help with instructions on a technical procedure ̵
But when Gerst CIMON asks to play his favorite song, it takes a bit.
The song is Man Machine by Kraftwerk, and when the music mode is canceled, it becomes quite defensive.
"Be nice, please," it demands – followed by "Do not you like it here with me?" and "do not be so mean please."
Basically, the robot got a little nervous; or did it really enjoy the song and did not want to turn it off?
You can see these somewhat bizarre interactions right after 3 "in the video below: In the background you see crew member Serena Auñón The Chancellor responds with a laugh as CIMON asks the astronaut to be nicer to him is priceless.
Because it was a test run, the astronaut also found some problems where CIMON's floating ability – he always wanted to drift slowly to the ground instead of on stay at a comfortable altitude to interact with the crew on the space station.
Apart from the emotional issues, both the developers and the barley are quite satisfied with the robot's robot outing on the ISS.
Only time will come show how much this little guy will help in the future.