A second attempt to dock a Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian humanoid robot to the International Space Station (ISS) has been successful.
“While the spacecraft were flying about 250 miles [400 kilometers] above Eastern Mongolia, an uncrewed Russian Soyuz spacecraft arrived and docked” at the ISS at 03:00 GMT on August 27, NASA said in a blog.
“Docking is registered,” a commentator at Roscosmos’s mission control center in Korolyov, in the Moscow region, said, according to TASS news agency.
The Soyuz MS-14 is carrying FEDOR, an experimental Russian robot, as well as supplies, following a failed docking attempt on August 24.
The ISS port where the Soyuz MS-14 docked was freed before midnight on August 25 by a three-man crew aboard a Soyuz MS-13.
The humanoid robot is scheduled to stay at the space laboratory until September 7 as it learns how to assist astronauts at the ISS.
Russia hopes that future models of FEDOR, an acronym for the Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, will be developed to carry out extravehicular activities.
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#СоюзМС14: есть касание, есть сцепка 🚀
Корабль «Союз МС-14» успешно пристыковался к российскому сегменту Международной космической станции. Экипаж готовится к открытию переходных люков между кораблём и станцией.
Космический корабль доставил на борт около 670 кг сухих грузов pic.twitter.com/xuWswsb4Py
— РОСКОСМОС (@roscosmos) August 27, 2019
Прошу прощения за задержку. Застрял в пробке. Готов к продолжению работы. pic.twitter.com/iR277q5Mxo
— FEDOR (@FEDOR37516789) August 27, 2019
🚀🤖 Russia’s Soyuz-2.1 rocket with Souyz MS-14 spacecraft carrying Russian humanoid robot #FEDOR aka Skybot F-850 took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, is now heading towards the ISS. There he will carry out a 17-day space mission taking part in various scientific experiments pic.twitter.com/f0QgugmR4x
— Russia in RSA 🇷🇺 (@EmbassyofRussia) August 22, 2019