Fedor squatted inside the spaceship holding a Russian flag in his right hand. The cramped ride will end this weekend when the capsule is connected to the International Space Station, where Fedor joins the six astronauts – two Russians, three Americans and one Italian – aboard the giant orbital lab.
Fedor, also known as the Skybot F-850, is expected to conduct tests on board the Expedition 60 Commander Alexey Ovchinin for two weeks before returning home in the first week of September. The activities Fedor will do on the station are, according to Russian media reports, at least for the time being a closely guarded secret.
Perhaps Fedor's most important task is over: he's launched into space on board an upgraded version of Russia's legendary Soyuz rocket to serve as a test dummy. For almost a decade, the Russian Soyuz rocket and capsule system has been the only space hardware capable of orbiting humans. And Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency, is currently testing a new rocket design that will replace older computers and use an improved guidance system.
It's not the first time a robot has flown to the International Space Station.  For example, in 2011, Robonaut 2, a legless humanoid robot developed by NASA, flew to the Space Station in 2011. Also, robotic tools are widely used: a slender arm, Canadarm2, fixed to the top of the station, can be used to snap a nearby spaceship and hold it tight at a docking port.
Fedor is not a new face in the world of robotics. In 2017, a Russian official posted a video on his Facebook page showing a Fedor robot working on the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects. Fedor is shown driving tools, driving a car and shooting a gun.