Russia’s Roscosmos space agency has sent a life-size humanoid robot on a mission to the International Space Station.
The anthropomorphic robot, Skybot F-850, is part of the space agency’s tests of a new rocket that is expected to replace the current vehicle.
The Soyuz capsule, which typically carries a space crew, blasted off from the Russia-leased launch pad in Kazakhstan early on Thursday. The capsule was launched by a new Soyuz 2.1a rocket, which has only been used to launch unmanned vehicles. The new booster rocket is expected to replace the Soyuz-FG rocket next year.
The spacecraft carrying Skybot F-850 is expected to dock with the orbiting space lab on Aug. 24, according to Roscosmos.
Space.com reports that Skybot F-850 is one of the newest versions of Russia’s FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object) space robots.
The robot has been getting attention on social media.
“Well done #SkybotF850 May The Force be with you,” tweeted NASA Watch, with a GIF of a dancing C-3PO.
Skybot F-850, which was in the commander's seat, holding a small Russian flag in its right hand, sent out a tweet shortly after the orbiting saying that the first part of onboard tests went as planned.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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