Scientists in Russia have built gun-wielding robots, but they are not the result of some mad scheme by Vladimir Putin to form a robot army. Instead, the robots will be used for space travel and the exploring the Moon. The android robots can shoot with either hand, but they were not developed to be soulless killing machines.
MirrorOnline reported that the robots Russia has under development have been named FEDOR, an acronym for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research. Russian officials said that the reason why the robots have been taught to fire guns is because it will aid their decision-making abilities and improve their motor skills.
The robots are approximately six feet tall, and they weigh anywhere between 106 to 160 kilograms depending on the equipment they are outfitted with. Sometime in 2021, the robots are scheduled to travel into space and be used at the International Space Station (ISS). They will be used there in place of Russia’s cosmonauts, and used to take over the maintainance of ISS.
The robots are being instructed in how to do a wide variety of tasks. They can learn to replace lightbulbs, use tools and car keys and even learn how to drive a car.
Robots are better suited to handle extreme conditions like those in space and on the moon. After all, robots do not require space suits and they can function and perform tasks on the Moon’s surface, without the radiation or other factors that would kill unprotected humans being a deterrent.
FEDOR could be the key to Russia’s success in its plans to send humans to colonize the Moon. Russia wants to achieve the goal of sending humans to the Moon by 2031.
To accomplish this goal, the robots Russia plans to send to the Moon will need to help with the building of bases there. If the robots prove to be successful, its Russian designers FPI stated they could eventually also be used to help build bases on other planets.
Federation will be the name of Russia’s new spacecraft that is scheduled to take cosmonauts on a journey to the Moon by 2031. In 2030 NASA is planning their to journey to Mars. China’s National Space Administration plans to reach Mars before then, by a decade, and touch down on the surface of the Red Planet in the year 2021.
According to Science Times, Russia intends to put FEDOR to use in 2021, for a planned “solo space mission.” Science Times reported the robots have already been taught “how to put out a fire,” which could be a very useful skill to know aboard a spacecraft in an emergency situation.
NASA has a similar program involving designing and creating android robots to use in space exploration and to help colonise the Moon and perhaps planets, like Mars. NASA’s efforts, according to TechDigg, are the result of their Robotnaut platform.
By John Samuels
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