The Soyuz MS-14 rocket carrying the Russian humanoid robot FEDOR will make a fresh try to dock with International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, as told by a Roscosmos spokesperson at Korolyov's mission control centre on Monday.

The Russian space agency’s first deputy general designer for flight operation Vladimir Soloviev explained that the second attempt takes place in two phases.

“First which we have finished today related to re-docking the pier of on-board systems section with ISS module. We’ve just successfully pulled off re-docking as you could see,” he said.

Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov un-docked and re-docked the Soyuz MS-13 spaceship from the ISS to clear the way for the arrival of a new Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft.

“This is the best re-docking I have ever seen, because he achieved it at a minimum fuel record,” Soloviev praised Skvortsov.

The RKA Mission Control Centre is going attempt the second docking of Soyuz MS-14 on Tuesday morning.

According to Soloviev, the first attempt failed on Saturday due to radio connection problems.

The unmanned Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft took off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on August 22, carrying the Russian humanoid robot Skybot F-850.

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