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Russia Just Sent a Gun-Toting, Spacewalking Robot to the ISS

August 27th 19__Dan Robitzski__Filed Under: Robots & Machines
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Easy Does It

Fedor, the humanoid — and occasionally gun-slinging — robot that the Russian government says will help it settle other worlds, is safely aboard the International Space Station after docking Tuesday morning.

The robot was expected to arrive over the weekend, but the uncrewed Russian spacecraft’s first attempt to dock at the space station didn’t quite work out, and it took a few days to regroup and try again, Agence France-Presse reports. Until next month, Fedor will be putzing around the space station, helping out astronauts with their work while Russian engineers back on Earth monitor how the robot performs in microgravity.

Take Two

The Russian spacecraft did reach the International Space Station on Saturday, but failed to lock into place while attempting to dock, according to AFP. At the time, the Russian space agency told NASA that the problem was likely on the space station’s side of things, not the spacecraft’s. But on Tuesday, everything went off without a hitch.

“Second time was a charm… the crew is up to seven,” a NASA TV commentator said, per AFP, taking some liberties with the humanity of the robot.

The robot will soon begin performing tasks like space walks and other dangerous missions, AFP reports, before hitching a ride back home on September 7.

READ MORE: Spacecraft carrying Russian humanoid robot docks at ISS [Agence France-Presse]

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