Soyuz MS-14, Scary Looking Robot Return from International Space Station

Skybot F-180 robot with Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin aboard the International Space Station. (Credit: Roscomos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — The Soyuz MS-14 landing module with the Skybot F-850 humanoid robot onboard successfully landed on September 6. All the re-entry and landing operations went as expected.

The Soyuz MS-14 features an improved guidance, navigation and descent control system. The descent vehicle features a digital angle rate integrator unit-based control system with the fiber-optic gyroscopes instead of an analogous descent control system based on a free-attitude gyroscope. The system was designed by RSC Energia (part of Roscosmos).

The spacecraft has been docked to the International Space Station since August 27. It delivered scientific equipment for the experiments, medication, containers with food supplies and packages for the crew, as well as the Skybot F-850 humanoid robot. For several days Roscosmos cosmonauts tested the robot systems under the spaceflight conditions.

The Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket test launch with the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft was performed on August 22, 2019. The launch was unpiloted and was a test one for the rocket equipped with the control system developed by the NPO Avtomatiki (part of Roscosmos). The Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket had previously launched Progress family cargo vessels and various spacecraft into orbit. After the launch scheduled for September 25 Soyuz-2.1a is to substitute the Soyuz-FG carrier rocket to be used for taking international crews to the ISS.