Russia has tested a new rocket by sending an (almost) unmanned mission to the International Space Station.
Fedor the robot took the commander's seat in the Soyuz capsule, holding a small Russian flag in his right hand, and blasted off from the Russia-leased launch pad in Kazakhstan on Thursday.
The capsule was launched by a new Soyuz 2.1a rocket which has only been used to launch unmanned vehicles. The new booster rocket is expected to replace the Soyuz-FG rocket next year.
Fedor sent out a tweet shortly after orbit saying onboard tests were going as planned.