Russia launches humanoid into outer space

Skybot F-850

Unlike other flights, this booster has a special traveller onboard.The booster doesn't have a human on board.

Named Fedor, for Last Experimental Demonstration Object Analysis with identification quantity Skybot F850, the robotic is the primary ever despatched up by Russian Federation.

The launch also served as a test for the Soyuz 2.1a rocket, an updated version of Soyuz missile set to transport humans into orbit from next year.

Fedor has Instagram and Twitter accounts that describe it as studying new skills such as opening a bottle of water.

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

Standing at five feet, nine inches tall and weighing in at 352 pounds, Fedor can mimic human movements in low gravity - a skill meant to provide human astronauts with remote-controlled help.

"That's connecting and disconnecting electric cables, using standard items from a screwdriver and a spanner to a fire extinguisher", Roscosmos State Corp for space activities director for prospective programs and science Alexander Bloshenko said in televised comments ahead of the launch.

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

The robot will stay in orbit for two weeks before returning to Earth in early September, Roscosmos said. Its legs will be immobilized while on the space station for this mission.

Last month, Roskosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin showed pictures of the robot to Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that the android would serve as "an assistant to the crew" in space.

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

Russian media speculated that Fedor-like robots will be used in Russia's Moon programme.

The anthropomorphic robot, Skybot F-850, is part of the space agency's tests of a new rocket that is expected to replace the current vehicle.

And Japan deployed the Kirobo small robot along with the ISS's first Japanese space commander in 2013. Developed with Toyota, it was able to hold conversations - albeit only in Japanese.



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