The video from LA MAGRA showcases the robot formerly known as Avatar, now called FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research). The humanoid, made in Russia, is meant to save people and go on space missions – reminiscent of science-fiction creations such as C3-PO, the golden robot from the popular “Star Wars” franchise.
It was initially unveiled by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who said that the robot can independently choose the best solution to a problem, and if necessary, an operator can always take control. The robot was presented at the International Orthodox Youth Forum, which was attended by students and guests from around the country.
Built as tall as a regular-sized man, FEDOR has a head and limbs. It demonstrates how it can march in place, and how sturdy and well-balanced it is as a man tries to shake it and push it over. Using an assisted device, the robot walks the length of a room. It can do push-ups, crawl, lift weights and other objects up to 10 kilograms, perform tasks such as drilling through wood and concrete, manipulate a steering wheel and simulate driving. It can also transmit audio and video signals.
FEDOR is put in an actual vehicle, which it is able to drive down a road at a steady speed. It can also drive a bicycle or a motorcycle in harsh weather conditions, as it can be seen driving a large scooter through snow. It is able to repeat all the actions of its operator, as well.
FEDOR is being designed and developed for Russia’s space program. It will help astronauts on their missions, and will be adapted to a new manned spacecraft set to undergo testing by 2021, and eventually launched to the International Space Station. Robots are ideal for space programs, as they don’t need food, don’t feel pain or psychological stress and only need an energy source to function.