Russian Spacecraft Carrying Humanoid Robot Fails to Dock at ISS

first_img Russia’s Humanoid Robot Returns Safely to EarthCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a humanoid robot failed to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday morning, Russian state news agencies reported.The Soyuz MS-14 crew ship launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on August 21 with the Skybot F-850, a life-sized artificially intelligent humanoid robot, on the commander’s seat.Given the issues, emerged during the docking of the #SoyuzMS14 spacecraft with the ISS, the state commission chaired by Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin will held a meeting to consider the situation and discuss the measures to overcome the fault in the docking system.— РОСКОСМОС (@roscosmos) August 24, 2019The robot was the first humanoid robot sent to space by Russia and was scheduled to spend two weeks running tests on board the station with Expedition 60 Commander Alexey Ovchinin before returning home the first week of September.The Soyuz capsule was due to dock with the ISS on Saturday but failed to do so, Russian state news agency TASS reported.#SoyuzMS14The spacecraft is currently staying afar from the ISS, the docking is scheduled for the reserve date. The crew and the ISS are safe.— РОСКОСМОС (@roscosmos) August 24, 2019NASA also confirmed the aborted docking to the space station.“At 1:36 a.m. EDT, Russian cosmonauts issued a command to abort the automated approach of an uncrewed Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station after the craft was unable to lock onto its target at the station’s space-facing Poisk module,” NASA said in a blog post on Saturday.The unpiloted Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft has safely backed away from the space station after its approach was aborted at 1:36am ET.— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) August 24, 2019Following the abort, the spacecraft backed a safe distance away from the orbital complex while the Russian flight controllers assessed the next steps.TASS later reported that the aborted docking may have been caused by an issue with an amplifier of a navigation system on the ISS.The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities said a re-docking attempt would be scheduled for Monday.More on Launches Humanoid Robot to ISSAstronaut Shares Stunning Van Gogh-Like View From Space StationNASA to Open International Space Station to Tourists, Commercial Business From 2020 Stay on targetlast_img read more