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Unpiloted Soyuz Capsule With Humanoid Robot On Board Finally Reaches Space Station

On Tuesday, an unpiloted Russia Soyuz spacecraft successfully docked at the International Space Station. A previous attempt at this unprecedented feat failed on Saturday, but “the second time was the charm,” NASA spokesperson Rob Navias said.

While the Soyuz MS-14 has no human crew, it is manned by Skybot F-850, which is the first Russian humanoid robot sent to space. Skybot F-850 is 6 foot tall (1.8 meters) and was placed in the commander’s seat in order to measure the various forces and vibrations it was subjected to, in order to help Russian engineers understand what human cosmonauts experience during a launch.

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