The Role of Welding in Space Maintenance and Repair

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

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


The nature of future space missions will result in increased incidence of degradation, damage, and wear of critical or expensive hardware. In many terrestrial applications welding provides the only means of making high quality, economical repairs in a timely fashion. This paper considers the future role of welding in space with particular emphasis on a number of factors which will require careful consideration as the development of this technology proceeds.

Subject Headings: Welding | Maintenance | Chemical degradation | Economic factors | Space exploration | Rehabilitation | Space structures | Space frames

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