It’s mission over for a robot called Fedor that Russia blasted to the International Space Station, the developers said on Wednesday (Sep 11), admitting he could not replace astronauts on space walks. Fedor being tested ahead of his ISS mission. (AFP Photo) “He won’t fly there any more. There’s nothing more for him to do there, he’s completed his mission,” Yevgeny Dudorov, executive director of robot developers Androidnaya Tekhnika, told RIA Novosti state news agency. The silvery anthropomorphic robot cannot fulfil its assigned task to replace human astronauts on long and risky space walks, Dudorov said. Fedor, or Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, was built to assist space station astronauts. A storm of publicity surrounded Fedor’s space odyssey and provided some light relief for Russia’s beleaguered space industry. In the last year the industry has suffered the unprecedented failure of a manned launch and continuing delays on construction of the Vostochny spacepad where President Vladimir Putin upbraided officials last week. TOO LEGGY Fedor, officially Skybot F-850, rocketed to the ISS on Aug 22 in an unmanned spacecraft carrying supplies, entering the orbiting laboratory five days later. On the station, the robot posed holding a Russian flag and for hugs with… Read full this story
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