The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft carrying the Russian humanoid robot Skybot F-850 which failed to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday will attempt to dock with the station again on Sunday, according to an official from Russia's Roscosmos space agency who spoke at the mission control centre in Korolyov on the same day.

The docking was planned to take place at 08:30 local time (5:30 GMT) on Saturday. By this time the craft was 100 metres (328 feet) from the station. The docking was supposed to take place in automatic mode and although the Soyuz successfully approached the ISS, flew over the station and stopped in front of the module, it was then visible on the broadcast that the Kurs automatic docking system could not stabilise the ship and begin the final approach to the station.

Subsequently the ship pulled back, having been 96 metres (315) away at its closest, after which the broadcast ceased.

According to first Deputy General Designer for flight operation, testing of space rocket kits and systems Vladimir Soloviev, the next attempt to dock the spacecraft to the ISS will be undertaken on the night of August 25-26.

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