Unpiloted Russian Soyuz Capsule Returns to Earth with Humanoid on Board

An uncrewed Russian Soyuz spacecraft returned to Earth Friday (Sept. 6), bringing a humanoid robot house and finishing up a first-of-its-kind test flight to the International Spaceport Station. 

The Soyuz MS-14 space capsule landed at 5: 32 p.m. EDT (2132 GMT) Friday on the steppes of south-central Kazakhstan, where the regional time was 3: 32 a.m. EDT on Saturday. Sitting inside the spacecraft was no human team. Rather, the Soyuz brought the humanoid robot Skybot F-850 and other Russian spaceflight equipment. 

“Landing occurred about 87 miles (140 kilometers) southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan,” NASA authorities composed in an upgrade. “Roscosmos personnel are on-site and have recovered the vehicle for postflight analysis.”

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Soyuz MS-14 is the very first uncrewed Soyuz spacecraft ever to go to the International Spaceport station. The three-person cars have actually generally been utilized to ferryboat human teams to and from the orbiting lab throughout the years. 

Russia’s space firm Roscosmos released Soyuz MS-14 uncrewed on Aug. 22 in order to test the lorry’s compatibility with an updated Soyuz 2.1a rocket. It was the very first flight of a Soyuz capsule on the 2.1a rocket, which up until then had actually been utilized to launch robotic Development freight ships. 

Roscosmos authorities likewise utilized the flight to test other upgrades to the Soyuz capsule developed to enable future robotic variations to return freight back to Earth. 

“The Soyuz MS-14 features an improved guidance, navigation and descent control system,” Roscosmos authorities stated in a declaration. “The descent lorry includes a digital angle rate integrator unit-based control system with the fiber-optic gyroscopes rather of a comparable descent control system based on a free-attitude gyroscope.

Soyuz MS-14 docked at the space station Aug. 27, a couple of days late due to a technical problem on the station. The test flight acquired large attention due to its distinct freight. 

In addition to 1,450 pounds. (657 kgs) of products, the spacecraft brought the 6-foot (1.8 meters) Skybot F-850, a space variation of the nation’s FEDOR robots. 

The robot was geared up with sensing units to record what a human may feel throughout a Soyuz launch on the 2.1a rocket. Cosmonauts on the space station likewise carried out a series of tests with the robot to research study its capacity for future space objectives. 

Email Tariq Malik at [email protected] or follow him @tariqjmalik. Follow us @Spacedotcom and Facebook.

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