Launched in September 2011, Tiangong 1 (Chinese for "heavenly palace") was China's first prototype space station, serving as both a manned laboratory and an experimental testbed to demonstrate orbital rendezvous
Chari, Autonomous orbital rendezvous
using angles-only navigation [M.S.
Musk added he would "try to double the number of flights with each Earth-Mars orbital rendezvous
, which is every 26 months, until the city can grow by itself."
Both of these solutions involve similar orbital rendezvous
and docking procedures, however that is where the similarity ends.
A "Orbital rendezvous
and docking, flights longer than two weeks, extravehicular activity and any flights beyond Earth's orbit are not explicitly addressed," the document said.
He is famous for his work as an aerospace engineer, who designed an orbital rendezvous
technique critical to future planetary landings.
Duan, "Lyapunov differential equation approach to elliptical orbital rendezvous
with constrained controls," Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, vol.
In the 1980s, Aldrin adapted his expertise in orbital rendezvous
to conceptualize the "Aldrin Mars Cycler," a spacecraft transportation system perpetually cycling between Earth and Mars that would make it possible to ferry astronauts back and forth to the Red Planet.
Lee, "Orbital rendezvous
using two-step sliding mode control," Aerospace Science and Technology, vol.
According to the current plan, in late August 2012, the spacecraft will be gently guided out of Vesta's orbit and on to its next encounter: a February 2015 orbital rendezvous
with Ceres, the solar system's largest asteroid.
automated intelligence and computer systems will be an integral part of the missions.