It is expected to be at destination Saturday. It is the first robot ever sent into space by Russia.The robot is named Fedor , that means Experimental Demonstration Object Research (with identification number Skybot F850). The robot was the Soyuz rocket’s only passenger.It had a mission: to test a new emergency rescue system. During its 10 days at the ISS, Fedor will learn new skills such as “connecting and disconnecting electric cables, using standard items from a screwdriver and a spanner to a fire extinguisher.” Possibly, it will carry out more dangerous tasks such as spacewalks.
Fedor has Instagram and Twitter accounts that describe it as learning new skills such as opening a bottle of water. Fedor is described as potentially useful on Earth for working in high radiation environments, de-mining and tricky rescue missions. In 2011, NASA sent up Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot developed with General Motors and a similar aim of working in high-risk environments. In 2013, Japan sent up a small robot called Kirobo along with the ISS’s first Japanese space commander. Fedor is said to be part of Vladimir Putin’s strategic plan to conquer the moon for Russia.