Alexander Gerst, Sergey Prokopyev, Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor
Kasachstan Kosmodrom Baikonur 45°57′54″N 63°18′18″E
6th June 2018
Soyuz Commander Sergei Prokopyev and fellow crewmembers Dr. Alexander Gerst and Dr. Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor launched on Soyuz MS-09 at 07:12 EDT (1112 UTC) on Wednesday, 6 June from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to begin a two-day rendezvous with the Station. The new crew will be joined on the Station by the first space-flying Artificial Intelligence robot, CIMON.
On 20 May, the crew performed final Sokol launch and entry space suit fit checks and checkouts inside Soyuz MS-09. This was followed two days later on 22 May with the fueling of the spacecraft with propellant and compressed gases.
46 – 85 km
Known as the Crew Interactive Mobile Companion, CIMON was developed by Airbus in cooperation with IBM. In short, CIMON is the first Artificial Intelligence (AI) that will fly to space, is the size of a medicine ball, and weighs around 5 kg. CIMON will be brought up to the Station on the SpaceX CRS-15 mission, which is currently scheduled to launch in late June.