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Offline sanman

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ISRO Orbital Rendezvous & Docking Experiment
« on: 05/02/2017 03:54 PM »
India's Dept of Space has approved Rs.10 Crores in funding to ISRO for an Orbital Rendezvous & Docking experiment between 2 satellites. The experiment will involve transfer of material between the 2 satellites, in order to demonstrate the potential for refueling capability between spacecraft.

https://tecake.in/news/space/isros-new-spacecraft-docking-berthing-eyes-putting-human-orbit-33048.html

http://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/isro-to-develop-technology-that-will-help-refuel-spacecrafts-and-transfer-humans/298719


Some news media are using the term "docking and berthing" in connection with this mission, but it's not clear to me what, if any, aspect of the mission would really qualify as berthing.

Wikipedia has the following to say about Docking and Berthing:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Docking_and_berthing_of_spacecraft

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Docking specifically refers to joining of two separate free-flying space vehicles.

Berthing refers to mating operations where an inactive module/vehicle is placed into the mating interface of another space vehicle by using a robotic arm.

Does anyone know whether this "docking and berthing" description is coming from ISRO itself?

Additionally, I'm eager to learn more details about the overall mission in general, which will be another landmark milestone mission for ISRO in the development of another key technology for spaceflight - including even possibly for human spaceflight. Also, what are the existing examples and precedents for using orbital docking in non-HSF applications?

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Re: ISRO Orbital Rendezvous & Docking Experiment
« Reply #1 on: 05/02/2017 05:19 PM »
Here is an old (2013) article by antariksh to get some context

http://antariksh-space.blogspot.in/2013/07/isro-rendezvous-docking-experiment.html

Credits: http://antariksh-space.blogspot.in and ISRO







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Re: ISRO Orbital Rendezvous & Docking Experiment
« Reply #2 on: 05/03/2017 04:12 AM »
Yeah, thanks, I had indeed seen that one. Now that the funding has been approved, I wonder what the timeline would then be for this Orbital Rendezvous & Docking mission?

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