umbilical connections

umbilical connections

[əm′bil·ə·kəl kə′nek·shənz]
(aerospace engineering)
Electrical and mechanical connections to a launch vehicle prior to lift off; the umbilical tower adjacent to the vehicle on the launch pad supports these connections which supply electrical power, control signals, data links, propellant loading, high pressure gas transfer, and air conditioning.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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All the others were nominated because of their pro-England umbilical connections to their respective parties at Westminster and to act as a buffer, shield and obstacle from any Welsh aspirations.
The design facilitates the addition of waste chutes, service access doors or umbilical connections as needed.
repeatability, is fully programmable using a menu-driven touchscreen control, which can be remote mounted via umbilical connections, and which can also be "taught" a program by being jogged slowly through the sequence and then instructed to "remember" it.
repeatability, is fully programmable through a menu-driven touchscreen control, which can be remote mounted via umbilical connections, and can also be "taught" a program by being jogged slowly through the sequence and then instructed to "remember" it.