Russia could soon send its first humanoid robots into space to join the astronaut crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS), according to a report by Defense One .
The news channel cited the Russian state news website RIA Novosti which announced yesterday that the Russian space agency Roskosmos has agreed to the tentative plan to bring the nation's first android pair to the ISS already next year.
The robots are part of the Russian FEDOR program, short for "Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research", which was launched in 201
The androids are commissioned by the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations developed Russia Beyond and could be nt off to space in August 2019, according to RIA Novosti stating that the information from "a source in the space and missile industry" come.
The FEDOR androids can work automatically and perform a wide range of tasks – shown in Video 2016 below, which shows one of the humanoid robots using a saw, inserting a key to open a door, welding, extinguishing a fire and even getting into a car.
Another video Last month, YouTube introduced a FEDOR Android that actually drove a car.
Because the androids also have a special avatar suit that transmits the movements of a human operator, they used to be called the Avatar Project. RT reported at the time the video was released.
Since the Russian androids have demonstrated impressive craftsmanship skills, and the project engineers later stated that the robots are powerful in various environments, including the US Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is responsible for the Russian defense industry, commissioned the FEDOR Program for the upcoming manned space flights in the United States.
– Defense One (@DefenseOne) July 20, 2018
Since then, androids have acquired new abilities, learning how to do push-ups, lift weights, drill, punch and even pick up Glocks with both hands, as seen in the 2017 YouTube video below.
This latest capability has led Rogozin to come out and say that the FEDOR Android is not a terminator robot, "but artificial intelligence that will be of great practical importance in various fields" The Independent reported last April.
According to a statement by Samuel Bendett, an associate research analyst at the Center for Naval Analyzes and a Fellow in Russia, studies at the American Foreign Policy Council, FEDOR android "was initially conceived as a proof of concept – and space became the role of this robot implied from the beginning. "" It's a very effective military 'Android' in official videos where its firearms, but ultimately it's a dual-use working framework for hard to do projects like working in space or in other dangerous ones environments. " 19659016] As the Inquisitr previously reported, NASA flew its own android to the ISS to assist the crew in their daily tasks. Unfortunately, the Robonaut 2 broke android in 2014 and was sent home for repair aboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule, which made the company's 14th cargo delivery to the space station.