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Russia's gun-toting robot flies to the ISS

By T.K. Randall
August 23, 2019 · Comment icon 14 comments

Are robots the key to sustainable space exploration ? Image Credit: Roscosmos
The humanoid contraption was the only passenger aboard a Soyuz capsule that launched on Wednesday.
Images from the inside of the spacecraft, which soared into the heavens after a successful launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, showed the robot clutching a small Russian flag as it sat proudly in the commander's seat.

Known as Skybot F-850 and nicknamed 'Fyodor', the robot will spent roughly two weeks aboard the International Space Station so that its creators can see how it gets on in zero-gravity.

It is the latest in a series of Russian-built FEDOR robots that can be designed to perform a whole range of tasks from driving cars to operating a welding torch and everything in-between.
Perhaps the most notorious example of the robots' versatility is a video from 2017 showing one of them wielding two automatic pistols and shooting at targets on a gun range.

The stunt even prompted Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin to write - "We are not creating a Terminator, but artificial intelligence that will be of great practical significance in various fields."

Fortunately though, Fryodor won't be bringing any weapons aboard the space station.

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Comment icon #5 Posted by Still Waters 5 years ago
Comment icon #6 Posted by It's Just An Opinion 5 years ago
The movie title will read:  [      Terminator  The future is now old man] Critics are saying  "Make it wear a master chief suit" "should've named it Ivan5000" "Lets just keep going and see what happens"  "They aren't creating a terminator, but I doubt the people in the movie had that in mind. They just so happened to provide it with the ability to terminate prior to understanding the true capacity of the AI to learn and develop" "What could possibly go wrong" 8888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888 No but seriously this is awesome. I think just... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Jon the frog 5 years ago
LOL, it was the one shooting some gun a while ago, i was sure to have seen it before !
Comment icon #8 Posted by Wreck7 5 years ago
Powering up. Protectron on duty...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Seti42 5 years ago
The only way to stop a bad guy with a space robot is with a good guy with a space robot. Also, it's funny (telling?) how the Russian bot looks like a matte finish terminator, the American Boston Dynamics bots look like some vaguely biomechanical hell-beast, and the Japanese robots are either cute, or neck deep in the uncanny valley.
Comment icon #10 Posted by pixiii 5 years ago
Well, I thought something altogether different....I misread Fedor as Fredo and this some kind of joke? 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Farmer77 5 years ago
Haha I love that they called it Fedor Fedor Emelianenko "The Last Emperor"
Comment icon #12 Posted by DieChecker 5 years ago
  Oh man. That BMI is way off the scale... 
Comment icon #13 Posted by DieChecker 5 years ago
In scifi anime, bringing a robot onto the space station never ends up going well.
Comment icon #14 Posted by bmk1245 5 years ago
That asks for disaster. Junkyard scrap Fedor by capabilities is like newborn monkey in comparison to Boston Dynamics robots. OT Korean toy robots were presented to Putin as know-how of russian robotics    

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