Russia just sent its artificially intelligent robot to the International Space Station. “Fedor” is designed to copy the movement of a remote operator, while also being able to perform some tasks autonomously. It will spend just over 14 days working with Russian crew members who will test “the space-designated anthropomorphous system,” Dmitry Rogozin, director general of Roscosmos, told Tass.
Fedor—final experimental demonstration object research—was originally developed by Russian Emergencies Ministry in 2016 to carry out rescue operations. However, it was later repurposed for space. “First, we will send a humanoid robot [to the moon], and only after that we will send humans, after we study all the risks and learn to cope with them,” Rogozin told Tass.