Published: Sat, August 24, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Docking fails for Russia's first humanoid robot sent into space

Docking fails for Russia's first humanoid robot sent into space

Earlier in the day, Soyuz MS-14 with humanoid robot Skybot F-850, nicknamed FEDOR, on board has failed to dock at the ISS on schedule and started retreating from the station.

Moscow news agencies quoted the flight centre control as saying the Soyuz craft had to retreat to a "secure distance" from the ISS.

"The Soyuz is on a safe trajectory above and behind the space station that will bring it in the vicinity of the orbital complex again in 24 hours and 48 hours", NASA said on their official blog.

The spacecraft is now 96 meters away from the station and officials plan to attempt docking again on Monday morning, RIA reported, citing Russia's flight control center.

The Soyuz MS-14/60S spacecraft was launched Wednesday night US time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The life-size robot, named Fedor, was to spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts in the space station.

Fedor was not the first robot sent into space.

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The ship approached the station and remained 96 meters to dock, but then began to move away and is now 280 meters away from the ISS.

This country has launched a rocket carrying a life-sized robot to the International Space Station (ISS).

In addition to putting Fedor in space, the non-human flight was created to test the new rocket's upgraded flight and engine systems before possible manned missions to the space station using the rocket next year.

Following the launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Fedor sent out a post on Twitter saying all systems were in order.

FEDOR is the size of a human adult and can emulate the movements of the human body.

It's not the first time a robot has flown to the International Space Station.For example, Robonaut 2, a legless humanoid robot developed by NASA, flew to the space station in 2011. On Saturday, Russia's space agency Roskosmos showed a live feed of what was expected to be the final stage of the journey. "Let's go" as it headed for the stars, repeating the famous phrase used by first man in space Yuri Gagarin.

It is six foot tall and weighs 233 pounds when not carrying extra cargo.

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