Russia blasts futuristic humanoid robot into orbit to complete ‘hazardous’ space tasks

The Skybot, known as Fedor, has been in development by Russian space agency Roscosmos for several years and can replicate the movements of a remote operator as well as perform a limited set of tasks autonomously. Fedora has already tweeted messages back to ground control to report the first stage of the two-day spaceflight is going to plan.

The life-size android tweeted: ”The first part of the flight tests proceeded in accordance with the flight assignment.

“I gathered, analysed and transmitted telemetric data to the Flight Control Centre on the operation of the carrier rocket and the spacecraft’s onboard systems, overloads, the temperature and moister regime.

“The spacecraft is now in the designated orbit. All is proceeding in the normal mode.”

Fedor, which is travelling to the orbital outpost aboard the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, was created by Russia’s Android Technology Company and the Advanced Research Fund on a technical assignment from Moscow’s Emergencies Ministry.

Its basic goals include transmitting telemetry data, determining parameters related to the flight safety, including overloads, and carrying out experiments to test the Skybot’s operations capabilities on spacewalks outside the ISS.

A Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket blasted off from the Gagarin Start launch pad of the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan yesterday delivering the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft with Fedor into the near-Earth orbit.

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It can also stand, walk around, crawl, do press-ups, stand up after falling down, use tools and “see” through a camera in its head.

A Rosmoscos spokesman said: “The Russian cosmonauts will test the robot systems under the spaceflight conditions.

“The main purpose of the robot is to use it during the hazardous tasks onboard the spacecraft including spacewalks.”

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