Russian Federation sends robot into space to test out new booster rocket

Pablo Tucker
August 22, 2019

Such robots will eventually carry out risky operations such as space walks, Bloshenko told the state news agency RIA Novosti.

Fedor being examined forward of its flight on board Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft.

The humanoid robot Skybot F-850 nicknamed Fedor was created by the Androidnaya Technika company in cooperation with the Foundation for Advanced Research Projects of the Russian Emergencies Ministry. The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 22 August at 6:38 Moscow time and will return to Earth in 17 days.

Russian Federation has launched an unmanned rocket carrying the life-size humanoid robot, dubbed Fedor, for a ten day mission where it will learn to assist astronauts on the International Space Station.

Soyuz ships are usually manned on such journeys, however on Thursday no people are travelling with a goal to take a look at a brand new emergency rescue system.


"Let's go. Let's go, ' the robot was heard as 'saying" during launch, apparently repeating the famous phrase by first man in space Yuri Gagarin.

Fedor has Instagram and Twitter accounts that list it as finding out new skills equivalent to opening a bottle of water. Within the station, it's going to trial these handbook abilities in very low gravity. He will try to use screwdrivers, spanners and various electrical connectors - everything that cosmonauts use in their routine work, "Roscosmos executive director in charge of science, Alexander Bloshenko said in an interview with Russia's Rossiiskaya Gazeta government daily, TASS reported".

'The first stage of in-flight experiments went according to the flight plan, ' the robot's account tweeted after reaching orbit.

Fedor copies human movements, a key skill that allows it to remotely help astronauts or even people on Earth carry out tasks while they are strapped into an exoskeleton.

It is expected future robotic iterations will eventually carry out risky operations such as space walks, Mr Bloshenko explained.


The robot will on the ISS perform tasks supervised by Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov, who joined the orbiting space station last month.

"One day we idea that this machine will additionally lend a hand us overcome deep deliver", he added.

In 2011, NASA sent up Robonaut 2, a humanoid robotic developed with Well-liked Motors and a an identical aim of working in excessive-menace environments.

It was flown again to Earth in 2018 after experiencing technical issues.

Japan also sent a robot to the ISS in 2013.


Developed with Toyota, Kirobo was capable of holding conversations in Japanese.

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