Survey of Soviet Space Welding Technology Development

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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