Russian Robot Returns From Space Mission

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Russian Robot Returns From Space Mission
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Russian Robot Returns From Space Mission
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A revolutionary Russian robot, known as Skybot F-850, has returned to earth after a two-week orbital experiment. Also known as a FEDOR robot, the humanoid AI was launched
into orbit late last month in a successful venture to join astronauts aboard the international space station. Though the intended use of the artificial intelligence is mostly kept under wraps, the experiment was likely an attempt at testing means to prevent hazardous work conditions for human astronauts.

The robot’s journey used a state of the art rocket, the Soyuz-2.1a, regarded as a major successor to previous propulsion technology. With a heavy emphasis on guidance systems, the new technology could replace current means of human space transit – possibly as early as next year. The current rocket, the Soyuz-FG, has been shuttling crews since 2002. However, Skybot’s mission was the first in 33 years to involve an unpiloted Soyuz rocket.

During the experiment, Cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov used virtual reality equipment to operate Skybot remotely – the reasoning for which is mostly classified. However, Russian space adviser Alexander Bloshenko stated that future versions of Skybot could be used to conduct dangerous operations, such as those that occur outside of a spacecraft. The possibility of the latter depends on the final analysis of the AI’s completed project.

It’s been reported by Newsweek that Skybot’s breed of AI has successfully taken part in several other experiments, including those that require complex tasks, such as shooting guns and driving. It’s predicted that the robot’s capabilities will continue to grow, potentially conducting tasks from rescue missions to pre-human moon landings.

Many have expressed concern over the look of the 350-pound Russian Skybot, comparing it to the robots from the Terminator franchise. In response, Director General of Russia’s version of NASA, Dmitry Rogozin, claimed the robots would not be “terminators.” Instead, Rogozin claims, they will have ”great practical importance in various fields.”

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