Docking fails for Russia's first humanoid robot sent into space

Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying humanoid robot 'FEDOR' fails to dock with the ISS

Russian robot Fedor's capsule fails to dock at ISS

An unmanned Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russia's first humanoid robot has failed to dock with the International Space Station (ISS).

A frame grab taken from video released by the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) showing a view from the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft carrying Fedor during an unsuccessful docking maneuver with the International Space Station today.

Russian flight controllers had told the ISS crew it appeared the problem that prevented automated docking was in the station and not the Soyuz spacecraft, NASA added.

However, once the ship got within 100 meters (109 yards) of the ISS, the capsule's automatic docking system apparently failed to stabilize the vessel. And Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, is in the process of testing out a new rocket design that will replace older computers and use an upgraded guidance systems.

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An emergency meeting at the control center was underway to decide whether to launch another attempt to link up with the space station, the agency said Saturday.

The ISS is a joint project of the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada. Reports say that the humanoid robot was destined for the ISS and the planning began 2 weeks ago.

On Thursday, Fedor was successfully launched into space inside the Soyuz MS-14 vehicle atop the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Soyuz ships are usually manned on such journeys, however this time no people had been travelling with a goal to take a look at a brand new emergency rescue system.

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

The silvery anthropomorphic robot stands 1.80 metres tall and weighs 160 kilograms. It was to trial these guide abilities in very low gravity.

While there are no astronauts on the Soyuz MS-14, it does have a passenger or sorts: a humanoid robot known alternatively as FEDOR or Skybot F-850.

"The first stage of in-flight experiments went according to the flight plan", the robot tweeted after reaching orbit.

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