Citing The Verge, Sunday (09/08/2019), Skybot was originally known as FEDOR. This humanoid robot has undergone a series of trials by Russian cosmonauts for two weeks at ISS. They want to see whether robots can help cosmonauts on the space station or not.
Actually, Skybot’s trip into space is also a kind of test. The robot was launched alone in a manned version of the Soyuz aircraft on a new type of rocket.
The humanoid robot used as safety tester
The Russians plan to use the rocket to launch their human crew into space. Before using it, Russia wants to make sure the capsules and booster work properly first, without anyone inside.
The launch of the rocket that brought Skybot was a success. But, once in space, the Soyuz capsule had difficulty sticking to the space station.
The capsule tries to dock itself to the space station. However, his first attempt was canceled because there was a problem with one of the ports outside ISS.
The crew in the space station had to move other spaceships that were visiting to free the port for Soyuz. The effort was finally successful and Skybot arrived four days after launch, missing the initial plan.
Skybot has a variety of skills, including driving a car and even shooting weapons. However, these activities are not on schedules for the robot at ISS.
Instead, the humanoid robot tries to do cosmonaut tasks such as working with tools and connecting hardware. Some tests even seem to be relatively successful in a microgravity environment.
After a brief test at ISS, Skybot headed for Earth using Soyuz. This space watchman took Skybot to leave ISS around not long ago.
It took Soyuz several hours to bring Skybot back to the landing site in Kazakhstan. Russia plans to recover the capsule to analyze it and retrieve the robot.