Earth to FEDOR: Russia launches humanoid robot into space

Katie Ramirez
August 22, 2019

Humanoid robot Fedor is the first ever to be sent up to space by Russian Federation.

Russian Federation on Thursday launched an unmanned rocket carrying a existence-size humanoid robotic that will affirm 10 days finding out to lend a hand astronauts on the Worldwide Dwelling Put. Fedor launched via a Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft at 6.38am Moscow time (3.38 BST) from Kazakhsta's Baikonur cosmodrome. Such robots will eventually carry out unsafe operations such as space walks, Bloshenko told the state news agency RIA Novosti. The Soyuz is about to dock with the house station on Saturday and keep until September 7.

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

Fedor has Instagram and Twitter accounts that describe it as studying new abilities equivalent to opening a bottle of water. In the station, it'll trial those manual skills 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".

Fedor sent out a tweet shortly after orbit saying onboard tests were going as planned.

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Fedor copies human movements, an important skill helping it to remotely assist astronauts or crew on Earth to perform tasks while strapped into an exoskeleton.

Such robots will finally perform harmful operations equivalent to house walks, Bloshenko informed RIA Novosti state information company.

"One day we idea that this machine will additionally lend a hand us overcome deep deliver", he added. "All is proceeding in the normal mode", the robot Fedor said on its Twitter page.

USA space agency NASA launched Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot developed with General Motors and a similar aim of working in high-risk environments in 2011. It was flown back to earth past year after suffering technical problems.

In 2013, Japan despatched up a small robotic known as Kirobo together with the ISS's first Japanese house commander. Developed with Toyota, it changed into ready to employ conversations - albeit handiest in Japanese.

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