A series of new images has given the most detailed glimpse yet of Fyodor, the Russian spacebot bound for the International Space Station.
The images show the humanoid robot lifting weights, gripping a steering wheel, and even shaking hands with a human.
The ‘cyber cosmonaut’ will be sent to the ISS ahead of tackling more ambitious tasks on the lunar landscape.
Just days ago, the first images showing the prototype humanoid robot that Vladimir Putin hopes will conquer the moon for Russia were released.
Putin’s deputy premier Dmitry Rogozin said: ‘This thing can work without a space suit, live not only in a crew vehicle, but even outside it. Its name is Fyodor.’
He claimed the war in Syria had shown Russia the importance of robots in difficult environments, and promised Fyodor would make its space debut in five years.
Putin has also instructed his space chiefs to make a first landing on the moon within 15 years.
Pictures show the robot walking, lifting heavy weights, and using power tools.
It can even perform press-ups and drive.
Russian experts hope it will one day be able to help build a base on the moon.
A key task for Fyodor will be to ‘assist in construction and use of bases’ on the moon and potentially other planets, said its Russian designers FPI.
The robot can ‘crawl, stand up after falling down, take and leave driver’s seat in a car, use tools and operate in a regular building’.
Fyodor stands 6ft tall, weighs between 106-160 kg depending on extra equipment, and can lift up to 20 kg of cargo.
‘During space walking missions and on other planets, astronauts will rely on robots,’ said Sergei Khurs, head of the project and director of the National Centre for Technology Development and Basic Robotics.
‘Their capabilities are equal to those of humans, and in some ways even exceed them.’
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