Russia has launched the first humanoid rocket into space with its new Skybot F-850 nicknamed “Fyodor” one day ago to inhabit the International Space Station on the first ever uncrewed Soyuz spacecraft. The capsule normally takes three astronauts into space and they instead shipped it off with the Skybot, food, and additional supplies from the Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday evening (a little after 8:30am in Kazakhstan).
The capsule was launched on top of a Soyuz 2.1a rocket, which is a workhorse booster that has been known to only launch unmanned Progress vehicles in the past, and the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft is carrying nearly a half ton (1,450lbs to be exact) of supplies to the crew on the station.
Russia’s Fyodor was doing well as it the smart Skybot sat in the commander’s seat of the spacecraft with a Russian flag was held in its right hand.
The Skybot F-850 will help to provide information on how astronauts feel on the Soyuz 2.1a rocket as they launch in future attempts to fly them to the space station and they expect the robot to provide detailed reports of how it handles and encounters the various forces in flight, including the point that it begins to “feel” microgravity.
Fyodor is one of Russia’s newest versions of humanoid FEDOR robots, which is a five-year old line of humanoids that have been used to drive in cars and even conduct rescue missions. The current robot has shock resistant materials and even has reduced movements so it doesn’t damage the space station accidentally.