Watson assists astronauts on the ISS: an experiment.

Space exploration has inspired many "firsts". Now, IBM has again been part of a pioneering project commissioned by the German space agency (DLR) and Airbus helping to create an intelligent, autonomous, mobile, interactive companion with the ambition to become an accepted and valued crew member aboard the ISS.

First movers pave ways. Here are some that paved the way for project CIMON.

Project CIMON Journal

The path from the lab to the stars has not been an easy one. Follow this AI companion’s fascinating journey – and keep up with his next steps …

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Entry One: Project Spaceball

The space companion started out as a round sphere of plastic. There wasn’t much to him in the beginning — not even a name — so the engineers on the team just called him “spaceball.”

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Entry Two: From Insurance to Space

Before he launched crew assistant’s space journey, Matthias Biniok was busy putting Watson technology through its paces on Earth.

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Entry Three: Sensing Vs. Intuition

The space companion was having a bit of an identity crisis before psychology student Sophie Richter-Mendau stepped in.

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Entry Four What do you mean?

Programming wunderkind Nina Fischer had seen some fascinating technological challenges in her career.

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Explore the IBM technology behind the space companion

Discover the four different Watson APIs that he leverages: Watson Assistant, Visual Recognition, Text to Speech, and Speech to Text.