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After Getting 'Stuck in Traffic,' ISS Now Has a New 'Bot

Russian humanoid robot Fedor is 'ready to work now' after a week's delay
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 27, 2019 3:36 AM CDT
Humanoid Robot Fedor Arrives at Space Station
In this photo taken on Friday, July 26, 2019, and distributed by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service, the Fedor robot is displayed before being loaded into a Soyuz capsule.   (Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service photo via AP)

(Newser) – A Russian space capsule carrying a humanoid robot has successfully docked at the International Space Station after a failed attempt last week. Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday that the capsule carrying the robot and other cargo docked at the orbiting lab early morning Moscow time. The robot, called Fedor—an acronym for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research—sent out a tweet upon arriving saying: "Sorry about the delay. Got stuck in traffic. Ready to work now." The capsule was launched Thursday as part of tests of a new rocket that is expected to replace the workhorse Soyuz-FG next year, but failed to dock. Now that it has safely arrived, Fedor will perform two weeks of tests aboard the space station, the AP reports. (Read more International Space Station stories.)

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