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The pilot of the Russian lunar rover of the mission "Luna-29" can be a humanoid robot

Pilot moon rover automatic interplanetarythe station "Luna-29", which will have to go to the satellite of our planet in 2028, can become a humanoid robot. It is he who is to be entrusted with the management of a machine weighing 1.3 tons, reports RIA Novosti news agency, citing an anonymous source in the Russian space industry. What kind of robot it will be - the source did not specify. But, probably, we are talking about a promising anthropomorphic robot FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research), developed by the Android Technological Association and the Advanced Research Foundation commissioned by the EMERCOM of Russia. In April of this year, the car was handed over to Roskosmos.

“The Lunokhod delivered by Luna-29 will be controlled by an anthropomorphic robot,” RIA Novosti reports citing a source in the rocket and space industry.

Earlier, we recall, the roadmap was reported"Roscosmos" with regards to the program for the study of the moon until the 2030s. The Luna-25 and Luna-27 automatic interplanetary stations, the study of the surface loose layer of lunar soil (regolith) by instruments of the Luna-26 station with subsequent delivery of the samples to the Earth by the Luna 28 station are planned to be landed near the South Pole of the Moon.

Launch of the Luna-29 station from the Vostochny cosmodromescheduled for 2028. The vehicle will be delivered to the Earth satellite by the Angara-A5B launch vehicle. The source reports that the idea of ​​using a robot as a pilot of a lunar rover appeared just recently. In the framework of further manned missions to the satellite, astronauts will already control similar machines. The Russian space agency itself has not yet commented on this information.

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The development of the anthropomorphic robot FEDOR beganin 2014, and the general public machine was introduced about two years ago. Interestingly, in the Russian Internet community, the development of Russian robotics and, in particular, its ability to sit on the string, as well as push-ups, was perceived extremely ambiguous. But the Western press appreciated the ability of the machine to shoot "in Macedonian", drive a car and quad in off-line mode, using machine vision.

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FEDOR is able to work in avatar mode -repeat the movements of the operator in a special exoskeleton. Comfortable control is provided by a sensor system and force-moment feedback. It also gives the effect of "presence" in the working area of ​​the robot.

Earlier, the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin saidthat the machine can be used, including in space, as part of manned missions. Roskosmos was planning to start preparing the FEDOR for flight to the International Space Station (ISS) in March. Its sending on board the Soyuz unmanned spacecraft is scheduled for August of this year.

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