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Offline Phillip Clark

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First unmanned space docking - 50th anniversary
« on: 10/31/2017 05:21 AM »
Apologies for this being a day late.

October 30th marked the 50th anniversary of Cosmos 188 completing its orbital docking with Cosmos 186 - both were unmanned Soyuz spacecraft.   Although a soft-docking was a chieved, he Soviet craft did not complete hard docking.

This was the first time that two unmanned spacecraft had docked in orbit and a full docking was achieved with Cosmos 212/Cosmos 213 six months later.   Since then the Russians have made unmanned spacecraft dockings routine as Progress spacecraft have kept space stations supplied with cargo.

Only the European and Chinese programmes have seen unmanned spacecraft complete dockings.   Some limited experiments have been conducted by the US and Japan but since these experiments had the two spacecraft launched on the same rocket I consider it to be cheating!

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Re: First unmanned space docking - 50th anniversary
« Reply #2 on: 10/31/2017 12:00 PM »
I can still remember exactly the message and can not believe, that it is 50 years ago.

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