Russia’s android robot tweets about test flight proceeding in normal mode

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During its 17-day space mission, Skybot F-850 will take part in "about five or six scientific tasks", Yevgeny Dudorov, the executive director of the robot's manufacturer Android Technology, noted earlier, stressing that "those scientific tasks have been kept secret".

Named Fedor, the robot is the first ever sent up by Russian Federation.

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, and distributed by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service, the Russian Progress 73 cargo ship blasts off from the launch pad at Russia's space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Russian Federation has tested a new rocket by sending an (almost) unmanned mission to the International Space Station.

The humanoid robot Skybot F-850 nicknamed Fedor was created by the Androidnaya Technika company in cooperation with the Foundation for Advanced Research Projects of the Russian Emergencies Ministry.

The new booster rocket is expected to replace the Soyuz-FG rocket next year.

The silvery anthropomorphic robotic stands 1.80 metres (5 foot 11 inches) tall and weighs 160 kilograms (353 kilos).

Fedor has Instagram and Twitter accounts that list it as finding out new skills equivalent to opening a bottle of water. Within the station, it's going to trial these handbook abilities in very low gravity.

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Fedor copies human movements, a key skill that allows it to remotely help astronauts or even people on Earth carry out tasks while they are strapped into an exoskeleton.

"The robot's main goal is to be used in operations that are especially unsafe for humans on board spacecraft and in outer space", Russian space agency Roscosmos said after the launch.

On board, the robotic will carry out duties supervised by Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, who joined the ISS final month, and can put on an exoskeleton in a collection of experiments scheduled for later this month.

Space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin showed pictures of the robot to President Vladimir Putin this month, saying it will be "an assistant to the crew".

The Soyuz capsule brought the humanoid robot into orbit, then headed for the International Space Station.

In 2011, NASA sent up Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot developed with General Motors and a similar aim of working in high-risk environments.

In 2013, Japan despatched up a small robotic known as Kirobo together with the ISS's first Japanese house commander.

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