- Russia has launched an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot ‘Fedor’ that will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space Station.
- Named Fedor, for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research with identification number Skybot F850, the robot is the first ever sent up by Russia.
- Fedor blasted off in a Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft at 6:38 am Moscow time (0338 GMT) from Russia’s Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz is set to dock with the space station on Saturday and stay till September 7.
- The silvery anthropomorphic robot stands 1.80 metres (5 foot 11 inches) tall and weighs 160 kilograms (353 pounds).
Fedor not the first:
- Fedor is not the first robot to go into space.
- In 2011, NASA sent up Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot developed with General Motors and a similar aim of working in high-risk environments.
- It was flown back to Earth in 2018 after experiencing technical problems.
- In 2013, Japan sent up a small robot called Kirobo along with the ISS’s first Japanese space commander. Developed with Toyota, it was able to hold conversations — albeit only in Japanese.
- President: Vladimir Putin
- Prime Minister: Dmitry Medvedev
- Capital: Moscow
- Currency: Russian ruble
Important Possible questions based on above News:
- What is the name of the first humanoid robot to be sent to space by Russia? Fedor
- What is the expanded form of ‘Fedor’, Russia’s first Humanoid Robot to go into space? Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research
- Which space agency has sent an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot ‘Fedor’ to space? Roscosmos (Russian space agency)