Assembly in Orbit

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Assembly in Orbit

 

the joining of spacecraft or parts of spacecraft in orbit; it may be accomplished automatically or with the participation of the spacecraft crews. The aim of assembly in orbit may be the construction of large artificial earth satellites (space stations) or interplanetary vehicles from individual subassemblies that have been consecutively placed in near-earth orbit. Docking of spacecraft for assembly is preceded by the stages of search, location, approach, and tethering. Assembly in orbit may be performed outside the spacecraft by crew members or from inside the spacecraft with the use of manipulators. Assembly in orbit was first proposed by K. E. Tsiolkovskii.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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