Upon looking at Russia's humanoid robot, you can not help but get terminator vibes from it. The name of the robot is called Skybot eerily similar to Skynet. But, we've digressed. Skybot has recently found its home on the International Space Station but not after a few hiccups along the way.
Nevertheless, the event marks an important moment in history as it is the first time a Russian Soyuz spacecraft has docked with the International Space Station without a human in the driver's seat. So we guess, hiccups were to be expected.
Meet Skybot F-850
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Skybot F-850 is a 1.8 meters tall robot comfortably sitting aboard the Soyuz MS-14. The humanoid robot actually recorded and collected all the data of the trip; data that will eventually be passed on to engineers to better predict what humans will expect on future Soyuz 2.1a launches. The lucky cosmonauts on the ISS will also temporarily welcome it on board to see if robots like Skybot can make their lives easier.
The #SoyuzMS14 spacecraft docked to the Zvezda module of the International Space Station. The crew is now preparing to open the hatches.— РОСКОСМОС (@roscosmos) August 27, 2019
The Soyuz ship delivered about 670 kg of dry cargo to the ISS pic.twitter.com/GWzO1vyoLK
There was a bit of drama before Skybot officially reached its destination. In fact, Skybot was supposed to make its appearance on the ISS on 24 August but was delayed because of technical difficulties.
Upon its original approach to the space station, the meet up was aborted as the Soyuz spacecraft started to move unexpectedly causing Russia’s state space corporation, Roscosmos, to temporarily halt the process. It was actually later determined that one of the components of the station's automatic docking system was not working right.
In short, the mission was saved when the station was able to do some last-minute maneuvering, getting Skybot to its new home.
Skybot is not your everyday robot. This humanoid robot is far more dexterous than it looks. It is able to drive cars and even shoot guns. But no worries, the robot will not be doing that in space. Skybot will perform tests while cosmonauts evaluate its usefulness in space.
Российский экипаж Международной космической станции увеличится 24 августа. К космонавтам Александру Скворцову и Алексею Овчинину присоединится робот #SkybotF850.— РОСКОСМОС (@roscosmos) August 23, 2019
Две недели космонавтам Роскосмоса предстоит тестировать его системы в условиях космического полёта 🤖🚀 pic.twitter.com/PGuCk9com5
The spacecraft itself was packed with 658 kilograms of food and other supplies for people on ISS.
The team at Roscosmos believe that a robot like this could eventually be used to explore other planets. Skybot will spend two weeks in space and then return back home in December.