Soyuz spacecraft carrying FEDOR the robot docks at ISS on second try

James Marshall
August 30, 2019

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft docked with the International Space Station successfully late on Tuesday evening, after an initial attempt to do so didn't end up working as planned on Saturday night.

A humanoid robot resembles the human body to perform functions like interacting with human tools and environments.

"The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft docked to the Zvezda module of the International Space Station", Roscosmos, the Russian space agency said in a statement.

"Second time was a charm... the crew is up to seven", he stated, referring to the six people already aboard the area station.

"Let's go. Let's go", the robot was heard saying during the launch, repeating the phrase used by the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin.

The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft is pictured during it's approach.

"The docking has taken place", said the Mission Control Centre.

That docking attempt was aborted due to a suspected glitch linked to an automated control system on board the space station.

The docking was rescheduled after a failed attempt early on Saturday.

Last October, a Soyuz rocket carrying an American and a Russian had to make an emergency landing shortly after lift-off - the first failure in the history of manned Russian flights.

Robots like Fedor will eventually carry out unsafe operations such as spacewalks, according to the Russian space agency. In the captain's seat of the capsule, which is created to carry human passengers, sat Skybot F-850, a humanoid robot built by Russia's Rocsomos space agency.

Fedor's trip into space was advertised with much fanfare in Russian Federation and it is expected to return to the station in 2021.

This is the first use of a robot in this capacity by Rocosmos, and Skybot will remain at the ISS for around two weeks before it heads back to Earth. Developed with Toyota, it was in a position to maintain conversations - albeit exclusively in Japanese.

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