The carrier rocket “Soyuz-2.1 a” on Board of which the robot is “Fedor”, was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. On 22 August, reports TASS.
During launch, the robot repeated the phrase Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin: “Go”, reports “RIA Novosti”. The robot will stay in space for 17 days and will return on 7 September.
It is noted that this is the first launch of the manned spacecraft “Union” on a new rocket “Soyuz-2.1 a”. The flight is unmanned to test the relationship between the new flares and emergency rescue system.
An emergency rescue system after 113 seconds after the start, as spelled out in the program, separated and was discarded. It is specified that it is necessary only at the first stage of launch because the altitude of the rocket is small and the engines of the “Union” can’t guarantee safe withdrawal of the ship in an emergency.
Fedor (FEDOR — Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research) is the first Russian humanoid robot. It was developed by advanced research Foundation jointly with the NGO “Androidnye machinery” by order of the MOE as the rescue robot.