Russia sends robot into space to test out new booster rocket

Skybot F-850

Fedor the 'cosmonaut' readies for blast-off

"Let's go. Let's go", the robotic was heard as "saying" throughout launch, apparently repeating the well-known phrase by first man in house Yury Gagarin.

Named Fedor (Final experimental demonstration object research) with identification number Skybot F850, the robot is the first ever launched by Russian Federation.

FEDOR is about the size of an adult human and can imitate human movements.

The robot, also designated as Skybot F850, is 180 cm (5 feet, 11 inches) tall and weighs 160 kilos (353 pounds).

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Rogozin sought to assure people at the time that Russian Federation is " not creating a Terminator, but [an] artificial intelligence that will be of great practical significance in various fields", according to The Independent. During the flight, Fedor vocalized the rocket's telemetric data, tracking its behavior.

"The first phase of in-flight experiments went according to the flight plan", the robot's account tweeted after reaching the Earth orbit. "Everything is in order".

"This includes my creators", he said.

Travelling in an unmanned Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, Fedor is expected to dock at the ISS on Saturday with more than 650kg of cargo, including medical supplies and food rations for the crew waiting at the station.

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On the score house of one of the well-known deliver backers of the mission, the Foundation of Developed Compare Tasks, Fedor is described as perhaps helpful on Earth for working in excessive radiation environments, de-mining and no longer easy rescue missions.

The robot has been getting attention on social media. A video also shows him shooting two guns at the same time as well as driving a auto. "Everything is normal", a tweet posted on his account said a few hours into his flight.

Fedor is due to stay onboard the ISS for two weeks.

After the docking of the Soyuz with the ISS, it will be transferred from the ship to the Russian segment of the station, where several tasks will be performed under the control of Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov.

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Chief of Russia's State Space Corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin congratulated the android robot on his Tweeter page "with the successful start of work".

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