Robotics Current Affairs - 2019

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Dubai to host 2019 First Global DXB Challenge

Dubai will be hosting the 2019 First Global DXB Challenge, a large gathering for creative young minds in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. It will be held for the first time in the region from 24 to 27 October 2019 at the Festival Arena in Dubai, UAE.

About 2019 First Global DXB Challenge

Objective: First Global Challenge seeks-

  • To encourage and empower youth with a passion for science, technology, mathematics, engineering, and develop their skills and equip them with tools necessary to contribute to shaping future.
  • To address the world’s most critical environmental issues like sustainability and pollution, wastage of energy and water through a global robotics competition.

Organised by: The Dubai Future Foundation

Theme of the event: ‘Ocean Opportunities’.

The event will bring together over 1,500 youth from over 191 countries to collaborate, create and compete for a better future, thus making it one of the largest events of its kind in the Middle East region.

The Challenge focuses on developing robots to clean up millions of tons of pollutants in oceans. Each team will receive a robotic kit and is tasked with assembling a robot that will be able to address various issues related to ocean and marine life.

FEDOR: Russia launches its 1st humanoid robot in space

Russia launched life-size humanoid robot called Fedor to International Space Station (ISS). It is the first ever life-size humanoid robot sent into space by Russia. It was launched onboard of unmanned Soyuz MS-14 rocket from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

About Fedor

Fedor stands for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research. It is also known as Skybot F850. It will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the ISS. Its main purpose is to be used in operations that are dangerous for humans onboard spacecraft and in outer space. During its 10 days at ISS, it will learn new skills such as connecting and disconnecting electric cables, using standard items from screwdriver and spanner to a fire extinguisher.


It is size of human i.e. 1.80 metres (5 foot 11 inches) tall and weighs 160 kilograms.

It can emulate human body movements. This key skill will allow it to remotely help astronauts or even people on Earth to carry out tasks while humans are strapped into exoskeleton.

Note: US space agency NASA had sent world’s first humanoid robot Robonaut 2 (R2) to space in 2011 to work in hazardous environments.