Fedor the Robot Passes his Final Exams

Developed for navigating extreme situations, Fedor has passed his final obstacle course exam.

Photo by Donat Sorokin/TASS

FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research), a robot buddy for Russian cosmonauts, has been undergoing final obstacle course testing at the Android Technics laboratory for humanoid machines in Magnitogorsk.

It’s unclear, whether FEDOR will be able to colonize the moon, but for now the latest prototype is capable of the following: crawling on its belly and on all fours, standing up after falling down, driving UAZ vehicles, navigating building interiors, including uneven stairs, and operating household appliances, power tools, and the special equipment used by the Russian Emergency Situations Agency (EMERCOM), as well as shaking hands and giving high-fives to researchers.

In November tests, the robot proved itself capable of operating a fire extinguisher, a hand saw, and a welding machine. 

Video by Konstantin Rokossovskiy