“Robot Astronaut” lost his first space show

Even if you are sitting in the command of the spaceship, even if you have the special ability to withstand the harsh environment of space, even if you have all kinds of tricks, it is the world’s first truly “robot astronaut” – developed by Russia. “Fedor” on the 24th because of a rare docking failure, and the International Space Station “missing.” However, the Russian official said on the 25th that it will try to dock with the International Space Station again on the 27th. Even if it fails again, it will not give up “Fedor” easily.

“Understanding” with the space station

According to the Russian “Viewpoint” reported on the 25th, the Russian “Union MS-14” spacecraft took off from the Baikonur space launch site on the 22nd and went to the International Space Station. The only “passenger” in the spacecraft is the “Fedor” humanoid intelligent robot, codenamed “Space Robot F-850.” Compared with the previous robotic predecessors who were stuffed into the cargo hold and delivered to the International Space Station, Fedor was not only more human-like, but also sat in the spaceship commanding seat and entered space as an astronaut. Therefore it is also known as the real “robot astronaut”. Before the launch vehicle ignited, “Fedor” quoted the world’s first astronaut Gagarin as saying “We fly.” During the spacecraft flight, it also congratulated the Russians on the flag festival.

According to the plan, the “Union MS-14” spacecraft carrying “Fedor” should be automatically docked under the supervision of the International Space Station astronauts at 8:30 on the 24th Moscow time. When the docking time was approaching, the spacecraft once flew about 96 meters away from the space station, but after a moment of hovering, it gradually moved to a safe distance of 280 meters, and the docking ended in failure.

After the failure of the docking, Vladimir Solovyov, head of the Russian section of the International Space Station, said that the “Union” spacecraft docked with the International Space Station had a special situation that had not been encountered before. “Everything is normal when the distance is about 200 meters. After that, there are fluctuations that have not been encountered before. We realize that the spacecraft cannot stop automatically.” Dmitry Rogozin, president of the Russian Aerospace Corporation, said that the current docking situation is complicated, but still In a controlled state. “There are many new systems on the spacecraft, and this accident will help to deal with more complex aerospace docking problems in the future.”

“Do not abandon, do not give up”

The Russian Federation said on the 25th that the Russian Aerospace Corporation announced that the initial judgment was that the signal booster of the docking system in the airlock compartment failed, resulting in a mistake in the docking of the spacecraft. After the replacement of the faulty parts, the “Union MS-14” spacecraft will be docked again with the International Space Station at 6:12 on the 27th Moscow time. In order to cope with the new docking activities, the “Union MS-13” spacecraft currently docked at the space station has to move to another interface in advance.

Earlier, some sources said that if the second docking is still unsuccessful, the Russian flight control center may abandon the “Union” spacecraft, which will return to the atmosphere with “Fedor” and eventually sink into the ocean. Russian space group company sources clarified on the 25th that they did not consider the plan to completely abandon the spacecraft, the spacecraft has the ability to land on the earth as planned. The source said: “Even if the docking is still unsuccessful, the so-called abandonment of the “Union is a stupid view of a smug person. This program has never been considered.” The Soyuz spacecraft is operating as planned, it can fly automatically for a long time, If necessary, it will return to Earth according to the landing plan.”

Competent “Fedor”

The fate of “Fedor” is so concerned not only because it has a human form, but also the hope of human beings into space. The Russian satellite network said on the 24th that according to the plan, “Fedor” will stay at the International Space Station for 17 days and then return to Earth.

According to reports, “Fedor” is similar in shape to human beings. It is more than 1.8 meters tall and weighs nearly half a ton. Its body is spread over the sensor and can feedback the various forces felt by the limbs back to the remote computing device. Forced data makes the right amount of action. With this unique work, it can not only drive, do push-ups, operate electric drills, and even open the caps. In addition, Fedor is equipped with a voice control system that can be easily “communicated” with astronauts. According to the space test project plan, “Fedor” is mainly responsible for four major tasks: cleaning the dust of the space station shell with a special sponge; lighting the astronauts with a flashlight in the work area; cutting the cable with tools such as pliers; plugging and unloading the space station inside and outside A connector for the power supply system.

The Russian space department said that “Fedor” will eventually replace humans in performing dangerous tasks such as spacewalk. If the test is successful, it may soon return to space again and go out for spacewalk before 2021. It is said that one of the key tasks of Fedor also includes “assisting the construction and use of the lunar base, and may also be applied to the construction of bases on other planets”. Fang Tairui, head of the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA’s Ames Research Center, also said that such “smart robots” will have a positive impact on improving human ability to explore space.