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ISS news: Rebooted CIMON-2 floating robot returns to International Space Station | Science | News

The new robot assistant can show and explain information and instructions for scientific experiments and repairs, allowing astronauts to keep their hands free.

CIMON is also a mobile camera, saving ISS crew time and can perform routine tasks, such as documenting experiments, searching for objects and taking inventory.

Twelve internal rotors allow CIMON to move and rotate freely in all directions, meaning th robot can turn towards the astronaut when addressed, nod and shake its head, and follow the astronaut – either autonomously or on command.

CIMON-2 has ultrasound sensors that allow it to navigate without colliding with things.

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