Spacecraft carrying Russian humanoid robot docks at ISS

  • Tuesday 27, August 2019 10:23 AM
  • Spacecraft carrying Russian humanoid robot docks at ISS
Sharjah24 – AFP: An unmanned spacecraft carrying Russia's first humanoid robot to be sent into orbit successfully docked at the International Space Station on Tuesday, following a failed attempt over the weekend, Moscow's space agency said.
The lifesize robot called Fedor copies human movements and can help astronauts carry out tasks remotely.

"Contact confirmed, capture confirmed," a NASA commentator announced, while a statement on the website of Russian space agency Roscosmos also said the Soyuz MS-14 craft had managed to dock.

On NASA TV, which broadcast the event, the commentator praised the vessel's "flawless approach to the ISS".

"Second time was a charm... the crew is up to seven," he said, referring to the six humans already aboard the space station.

The craft blasted off Thursday from a Russian spaceport in southern Kazakhstan and Fedor is due to stay on the ISS until September 7, learning to assist astronauts there.

The MS-14 was carrying 670 kilogrammes (100 stone) of dry cargo including "scientific and medical equipment, components for the life-support system, as well as containers with food, medicines and personal hygiene products for crew members", Roscosmos said.