Russian spacecraft carrying robot fails to dock with space station

The Skybot F-850 is the first humanoid robot sent to space by Russia. Officials will try again on Monday morning.
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In this photo taken on Friday, July 26, 2019, and distributed by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service, the Fedor robot is seen before being loaded into a Soyuz capsule to be launched by a new Soyuz 2.1a rocket from the launch pad at Russia's space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service photo via AP
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By Reuters

MOSCOW — A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a humanoid robot failed to dock with the International Space Station on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, citing a live broadcast.

The FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research) robot was on its way to the ISS on a planned two-week mission to support the crew and test its skills.

The docking process, originally planned for 1:30 a.m. ET, failed due to issues related to the automatic docking system, news agency, Interfax added, cited NASA TV as saying.

The spacecraft is currently 96 meters from the station, and officials plan to attempt docking again on Monday morning, RIA reported, citing Russia's flight control center.

The Skybot F-850 is the first humanoid robot sent to space by Russia. NASA sent humanoid robot Robonaut 2 to space in 2011 to work in hazardous environments.

FEDOR is the size of a human adult and can emulate movements of the human body.

The ISS is a joint project of the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada.