Source Pravda.Ru

35th anniversary of first automatic satellite docking

Today marks the 35th anniversary since the first automatic docking of satellites in space. Rosaviakosmos reminded the press that these satellites were Kosmos-186 and Kosmos-188.

Rosaviakosmos said that this was "a major victory for our scientists and constructors." The achievement paved the way in the space field for the construction of large facilities as individual pieces capable of docking automatically could be launched into orbit. It then became clear that the first stations, laboratories, and space observatories among other things could be built in space.

Of no less importance was the fact that the docking solved the problem of manned flights safety. For example, if a ship's systems failed, a rescue vessel could be sent to it, which after docking, could be boarded by the cosmonauts who had encountered difficulties.

Rosaviakosmos reported that "at the time it was not reported, but the Kosmos-186 satellite was none other than the new Soyuz space ship, launched without cosmonauts, the first trials of which had ended in the death of cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov some time earlier in April 1967." In October 1967, the docking was completed successfully and Russian cosmonauts were able to forge ahead into a new era of space research.

Comments
The Amazon and the New Conquistadores
Putin's three days in Singapore mark Russia's major geopolitical changes since 2000
Castro sued over alleged torture
Macron challenges Trump. French independence and croissants at stake
Castro sued over alleged torture
Malaysia complains of faulty Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets
Castro sued over alleged torture
Castro sued over alleged torture
Putin dislikes the idea of US army bases coming to Kuril Islands
Castro sued over alleged torture
Putin's three days in Singapore mark Russia's major geopolitical changes since 2000
Putin's three days in Singapore mark Russia's major geopolitical changes since 2000
Russians lose faith in their future, get ready for worse
Macron challenges Trump. French independence and croissants at stake
Russia unveils nuclear-powered interstellar spaceship
Russia unveils nuclear-powered interstellar spaceship
Moving inexorably towards war
Russians lose faith in their future, get ready for worse
Sanctions do not stop foreign countries from buying Russia's S-400 systems
Sanctions do not stop foreign countries from buying Russia's S-400 systems
Russians lose faith in their future, get ready for worse