Russian Federation launches life-sized robot into space

Russian Federation launches life-sized robot into space

The Soyuz is set to dock with the space station on Saturday and stay till September 7.

A humanoid robot has been sent to the International Space Station, as part of Russia's new tests on a rocket which could replace the current model.

Instead, scientists have sent a humanoid nicknamed Fyodor (Skybot F-850), which is one of the latest versions of the FEDOR robot Russian Federation has been working on for years, Engadget reports.Fyodor will only stay on the ISS for two weeks to undergo some tests and will return on the same Soyuz to head back to Earth on September 6th.

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The silvery anthropomorphic robot stands 1.8m tall and weighs 160kg.

In the two weeks the robot will spend at the station, it will participate in several experiments where astronauts will control Fedor like an avatar.

The Soyuz-2 rocket will replace Soyuz-FG, which has delivered global crews to the ISS since 2002.

"Let's go. Let's go", the robotic was heard as "saying" throughout launch, apparently repeating the well-known phrase by first man in house Yury Gagarin.

NASA sent humanoid robot Robonaut 2 to space in 2011 to work in hazardous environments, but it encountered technical problems and returned to earth.

The ISS is a joint project of the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada.

"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.

"In the future we plan that this machine will also help us conquer deep space", Rogozin said.

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

In general, the robot Fedor will act as an artificial cosmonaut, the Roscosmos chief said. It was flown back to earth previous year after suffering technical problems. Developed with Toyota, it was capable of maintain conversations - albeit exclusively in Japanese.

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