Russian avatar robot Fedor flies to space
This is a test flight for the “Soyuz 2.1a” rocket and the first for the humanoid robot named Fedor.
For the first time in the history of Russia, Roscosmos State Corporation sent a humanoid robot – android named Fedor to space. 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.
Fedor flew inside a Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft atop a new Soyuz 2.1a carrier rocket, according to Roscosmos.
Fedor is an anthropomorphic Skybot F-850 robot, which will test the new system and ensure the flight is safe for human astronauts. It will evaluate the overload and flight featured of the new rocket.
The robot will be sitting in the commander’s seat during the duration of the flight. It will conduct reviews, send in reports and videos recorded through cameras installed in its eyes.
The spacecraft is supposed to fly to the International Space Station in to days and dock at 8:30 Moscow time on Saturday. A couple of hours after docking will be needed to balace the pressure between the ship and the station and to check for possible leaks. Then the ISS crew will open the passageway to the ship and pull Fedor out.
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.