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The crew, which will soon leave for the ISS, conducted a training with an android robot of Russian manufacture. A number of comments were made to Fedor that they plan to eliminate before the flight. As one of the astronauts Alexander Skvortsov said, the task was set and solved spontaneously. He expects that all the shortcomings (the specialist refused to advertise them), the developers will be able to eliminate by flight and working with the robot as a result will be fruitful. At the ISS, Fedor will become the first artificial assistant to people. It will function in a mode similar to an avatar. A place has already been prepared for him at the station. The head of the CPC (Cosmonaut Training Center) Pavel Vlasov confirmed that the tests were being carried out by the crew heading to the ISS on July 20. According to him, this was the first active assessment by the crew of complex robotics. Experts in zero gravity will appreciate the correctness of the calculations of the designers who designed the robot, as well as the real prospects of this project. As Vlasov noted, there is no question of the robot going out into outer space. However, it is precisely this aspect that is of interest to specialists. But for starters, it will only be the support of the crew, for example, the transfer of an item. It will not be easy for a large robot to move inside the station. In the future, it is planned to implement other options for its application. It is worth noting that Fedor was created by specialists from the Advanced Research Foundation and the Android Technology company. The demo was made three years ago. At first it was called Avatar, then it was given the name FEDOR, which stands for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research. Two years ago, an exhibition model was developed for VDNH. Then, Fedor was handed over for testing to the Rocket and Space Corporation Energia and Roscosmos.

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