Survey of Soviet Space Welding Technology Development

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by J. K. Watson, Ohio State Univ, United States,
D. W. Dickinson, Ohio State Univ, United States,
S. I. Rokhlin, Ohio State Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space:

Abstract: Soviet engineers clearly recognize the potential value of welding for maintenance, repair, and fabrication of structures in space. The development of this technology has followed a steady path for more than twenty years. This paper traces that development from the earliest days to the present. Research into a number of joining processes has been conducted in the laboratory, aboard research aircraft, and on-orbit. The highlight of the program to date has been extravehicular activity demonstration experiments.

Subject Headings: Welding | Space frames | Space structures | Value engineering | Maintenance | Rehabilitation | Fabrication | Aircraft and spacecraft |

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