Russia sends 'Fedor' its first humanoid robot into space
Russia on Thursday launched an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot that will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space Station. Named Fedor, for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research with identification number Skybot F850, the robot is the first ever sent up by Russia. Fedor blasted off in a Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft at 6:38 am Moscow time (0338 GMT) from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz is set to dock with the space station on Saturday and stay till September 7.
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian space capsule carrying a humanoid robot has failed to dock as planned with the International Space Station . A statement from the Russian space agency Roscosmos said the failure to dock on Saturday was because of problems in the docking system, but
A Russian space capsule carrying a humanoid robot has failed to dock as planned with the International Space Station . A statement from the Russian space agency Roscosmos said the failure to dock on Saturday was because of problems in the docking system.
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian space capsule carrying a humanoid robot has successfully docked at the International Space Station after a failed attempt last week.
Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday that the capsule carrying the robot and other cargo docked at the orbiting lab early morning Moscow time.
The robot, called Fedor, sent out a tweet upon arriving saying: "Sorry about the delay. Got stuck in traffic. Ready to work now."
The capsule was launched Thursday as part of tests of a new rocket that is expected to replace the workhorse Soyuz-FG next year, but failed to dock.
Now it has safely arrived, Fedor will perform two weeks of tests aboard the space station.
Russia: race against time to restore contact with
satellite If Russian engineers fail to restore contact, it will be another bitter failure for the Russian space industry, struggling for years years.
Another failure. On Wednesday, thelost contact with the first Angolan telecom satellite, Angosat-1. Launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, this satellite was built by Russian space giant RSC Energia and cost about $ 280 million.
"The contact stopped temporarily, we lost the telemetry," said a source in the Russian space sector, saying hope to restore contact. According to another source questioned by the state agency Ria Novosti, the Russian experts would have 11 hours to restore contact before a permanent loss.A 15-year mission
This satellite was successfully launched on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT from Baikonur, carried by a Ukrainian rocket, a rare fact because of bad relations between Russia and Ukraine since the, and put into orbit soon after. But the contact was quickly lost afterwards.
Angola and Russia agreed in 2009 to launch Angosat-1, which has a 15-year mission to improve satellite communications, Internet access and services radio broadcasting in Africa. Some 50 Angolan engineers have been trained, including Brazil, China and Japan. Russia had to supervise its operation from a control center built near Luanda.Failures in series
If the loss of contact is confirmed, it will be a failure all the more embarrassing that Russia haslaunched from the brand new Russian cosmodrome Vostochny in Far East. Not to mention that the Russians have accumulated setbacks years. Asked about the capabilities of the Russian space industry, astrophysicist Francis Rocard to be "sorry" for their setbacks. "It's really sad for them, but if you look at the past 30 years, they are accumulating chess," he regretted.
Evidenced by the failures of 2015 and 2016, withAlliance with the US to supply the (ISS), the launcher or the discovery of defects on the most engines produced for rockets to orbit satellites.
Project In October, Roskosmos also acknowledged that a capsule bringing ISS astronauts back to Earth in April had been depressurized shortly after re-entry without danger to the crew.
An accumulation of problems which - combined with their financial problems - have led the Russians to reconsider their ambitions. While they had time imagined building their own Space Station after the end of ISS - planned in 2024/2028 - they finally decided towhich provides for the creation of a station orbital around the moon.
Moscow, however, did not totally abandon the idea of building a scientific base on our natural satellite after 2030. An unreliable goal if they do not solve their current problems.
'One small nibble for man': 3D printer makes meat in space .
The prospect of astronauts tucking into a roast dinner has grown slightly closer after a successful experiment used a 3D printer to create meat on the International Space Station. The bioprinter produced beef, rabbit and fish tissue using magnetic fields in microgravity, a Russian medical technology company involved in the experiment said Wednesday. The experiment -- an international collaboration involving US, Russian and Israeli companies -- was carried out in September by cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka in the station's Russian segment using a 3D printer developed in Moscow.