Docking aborted for Russia's first humanoid robot in space

Pablo Tucker
August 24, 2019

In this photo distributed by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service in July, the FEDOR robot is pictured before being loaded into a Soyuz capsule.

A frame grab taken from video released by the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) showing a view from the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft carrying Fedor during an unsuccessful docking maneuver with the International Space Station today.

The Soyuz is on safe trajectory above and behind the space station, NASA said.

Formally known as Final Experimental Demonstration Research it will be sent to the ISS via an unmanned Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft next week.

The Skybot F-850 is the first humanoid robot sent to space by Russian Federation.

"Station, Soyuz is aborting", US flight controllers confirmed for NASA astronauts Christina Koch, Drew Morgan, Nick Hague and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano.

Short for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, Fedor is the first-ever sent up by Russian Federation.

The docking could not be attempted manually because there wasn't a necessary system on board the Soyuz, a NASA announcer said during the live broadcast.

It was launched from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday and is set to arrive at the station on Saturday.

A statement from Russia's Roskosmos space agency said the failure to dock on August 24 was because of problems in the docking system.

The life-size robot, named Fedor, was to spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts in the space station.

The robot - named Fedor - was the first ever sent into space by Russian Federation as Soyuz rocket's only passenger.

The silvery anthropomorphic robot stands 180 centimetres (6 feet) tall and weighs 160 kilogrammes (350 pounds).

"Let's go. Let's go", the robot was heard saying during launch, repeating the famous phrase used by the first man in space Yuri Gagarin. It was to trial those manual skills in very low gravity.

Fedor is the name of a Russian human-like robot which will be sent to the ISS.

Fedor is not the first robot to go into space.

The United States sent a robot into space in 2011 with the aim of working in high-risk environments.

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