I would totally watch a TV show called "That's So Fedor." Russian space agencyhumanoid robot named Fedor to the International Space Station, and actually trusted it with an electric drill.
Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, Fedor's handler, looks pretty chill about the whole thing in a video posted to Fedor's own Twitter account on Tuesday. We're seeing the action from the robot's point of view as it grips the drill. It willingly gives the tool to Ovchinin near the end of the footage.
Normally, I'd be all for having a humanoid robot on the ISS. It's just that the Skybot has a bit of a weird past after itshowing it fire a couple of handguns at some targets. Disturbing much?
Roscosmos is taking Fedor for a test drive as a possible assistant for space exploration missions. The robot can dare to tread in places where humans won't want to go.
Fedor's original arrival hit a minorlast week. This will only be a brief vacation for the robot, which is scheduled to return to Earth in early September.
Fedor seems to be firmly under Ovchinin's command, which is good news for everyone on board the ISS. We don't want to end up with Westworld in space.
Originally published Sept. 3, 9:51 a.m. PT.