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Bosch AI mission-bound to the ISS

Christiane Wild-Raidt

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  • The SoundSee module is integrated in NASA’s AstroBee. This autonomous robot will be able to find its way around inside the International Space Station on its own. The device will be transported to the ISS in May 2019. The SoundSee module is a Bosch AI-based system designed to monitor sounds made by ISS’s mission-critical infrastructure.


  • The Bosch Research and Technology Center Pittsburgh and Astrobotic Technology developed the instrument in a joint effort with the NASA Ames Research Center.

Function & objective

  • This technology is based on an audio analysis function that will detect and recognize noise signals from machines on board the ISS, such as motors and pumps. Its machine learning capabilities will enable the AI module to eventually understand these sounds. The system will report any acoustical anomalies, with the result that repairs can be made early on, before a machine fails. This means it will be possible to quickly identify any deviation from normal operation, enabling the crew and ground personnel to respond that much faster, and gain deeper insight into the space station’s technical status. Bosch will also use the data collected on the ISS for further research, with the aim of deploying similar modules in other systems, such as car engines.

AI CON 2018


  • The Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence (BCAI) will exhibit a model of this device. An expert from the Bosch Research and Technology Center Pittsburgh will be on hand to answer questions about the project.

About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 429,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2023). The company generated sales of 91.6 billion euros in 2023. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. With its business activities, the company aims to use technology to help shape universal trends such as automation, electrification, digitalization, connectivity, and an orientation to sustainability. In this context, Bosch’s broad diversification across regions and industries strengthens its innovativeness and robustness. Bosch uses its proven expertise in sensor technology, software, and services to offer customers cross-domain solutions from a single source. It also applies its expertise in connectivity and artificial intelligence in order to develop and manufacture user-friendly, sustainable products. With technology that is “Invented for life,” Bosch wants to help improve quality of life and conserve natural resources. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. Bosch’s innovative strength is key to the company’s further development. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 90,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 48,000 are software engineers.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a corporation owned by the Bosch family. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG. It is entrusted with the task of safeguarding the company’s long-term existence and in particular its financial independence – in line with the mission handed down in the will of the company’s founder, Robert Bosch.

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