Partners in the project include Airbus, The German Aerospace Center (DLR), IBM and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU). "It uses Watson AI technology from the IBM cloud and, with its face, voice, and artificial intelligence becomes a genuine "colleague" on board".
Airbus established CIMON for Germany's National Space Agency, and the objective is to understand if intellectual bots can collaborate with astronauts to make working life simple in space.
"We have implemented this experiment in a very short time. With CIMON, we are entering new territory and operating at the threshold of technological feasibility".
The spacecraft is taking around 2,600 kilograms of supplies to the global space station; these include an AI robot named Cimon, cellular biology equipment for cancer therapy, a chemical garden, and other earth science objects.
CIMON will use a neural AI network to learn from astronauts.
The spacecraft, packed with almost 2,700 kg of scientific gear, supplies and vehicle hardware, was lifted off at 5:42 a.m. local time (0942 GMT) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
"CIMON allows the astronaut to keep both hands free, with no need to manually operate a computer, for example", said the German Aerospace Centre.
Crew members will be able to correspond with CIMON via voice commands and access a database of procedures. "It then will deploy its solar arrays and begin a carefully choreographed series of thruster firings to reach the space station", NASA said.
"Dragon confirmed in good orbit", SpaceX tweeted about eight minutes after the launch, following completion of the second-stage engine burn.
The mission, which is part of a $1.6 billion contract between privately owned SpaceX and USA space agency NASA, should reach the station on July 2.
The Dragon spacecraft is packed with more than 2,681kg of research, crew supplies and hardware, according to Nasa.