Robot Fedor returns to Earth

The android robot Fedor returned to Earth aboard the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft overnight into September 7. It landed 147 kilometers southeast of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.
Earlier, General Director of RSC Energia Nikolay Sevastyanov pointed out the importance of this landing, as experts have upgraded the movement and navigation control system at Soyuz, which is responsible for controlled descent. Thus, the analog descent control system was replaced with a digital one developed by RSC Energia, RIA Novosti reports.
The Central Military District search and rescue group consisting of eight Mi-8 helicopters, 20 vehicles, and 130 military personnel ensured the safe landing of Soyuz MS-14.
Soyuz MS-14 with Fedor onboard was launched on August 22. Five days later, at the second attempt, the spacecraft managed to dock with the ISS. Between August 30 and September 1, the robot took part in experiments conducted by cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Alexander Skvortsov.
Interestingly, Skvortsov wearing an exoskeleton for remote control over the robot was in the Zvezda module, while Ovchinin controlled operations in the Poisk module, where the robot itself was. The cosmonauts tested the robot that was trusted with a screwdriver, spanners, electrical adapters, and an electric drill.


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