The hatch of the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft turned out to be narrow for the FEDOR robot
Engineers redo the shoulder girdle of the Russian humanoid robot FEDOR, which in August is due to recover to the International Space Station (ISS) on the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft
The Fedor Robot or FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research) is an anthropomorphic robot developed by the Android Technique NGO and the Advanced Research Foundation (FPI), and should replace a person in high-risk places.
FEDOR is capable of:
- Communicate with the operator through a reverse torque or sensory communication system (several control modes);
- move independently in the city and cross country, work with tools and drive vehicles;
- to sit on the longitudinal and transverse splits;
- look both vertically upward and strictly downward, lowering the head due to the high mobility of the head module;
- moves "in a plastusky" way.
The launch of the Soyuz MS-14 transport vehicle on the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle is scheduled for August 2019.
The flight of the ship will take place in unmanned mode, which will increase the payload several times due to the lack of some of the instruments and assemblies necessary to ensure the life of the astronauts. On board the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, only the FEDOR robot will be a crew member.
The Soyuz MS-14 variant differs from the ordinary serial ship in the modernized system of motion control and navigation (SUDN) with the corresponding refinement of individual airborne systems.
This will be a test flight, in which it is planned to test the integration of the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft systems with the Soyuz 2.1a launch vehicle.
Now, Soyuz-2.1a is replacing the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle, which has delivered space crews to orbit since 2002. Start is scheduled for August 22, 2019.
The FEDOR robot has already passed the fitting of the ship’s chair, however, now the robot’s design is being finalized due to the fact that it critically passes through the hatch.
True, there is very little time left for this work to change its design.
Also, the on-board systems of the FEDOR robot have been tested for compliance with very stringent requirements for the safety of space flights; its power systems will be powered by elements approved for use in space.
It is planned that the FEDOR robot will undergo full-weight testing and carry out various operations on board the ISS.