WORLD'S FIRST AUTOMATIC DOCKING IN SPACE. TWO SATELLITES IN COMMON ORBIT.
FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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On 30 October 1967 the Soviet Union carried out the launching of artificial Earth satellite Kosmos-188, designed to continue space research and develop new spacecraft systems and structural elements, in accordance with the program announced by TASS on 16 March 1962. The satellite was placed in an orbit having the following parameters initial period of rotation - 88.97 minutes maximum distance from the surface of the Earth at apogee - 276 kilometers minimum distance from the surface of the Earth at perigee - 200 kilometers orbital inclination - 51.68 degrees. At 1200 hours 20 minutes Moscow time, Kosmos-188 achieved the worlds first automatic docking with artificial Earth satellite Kosmos-186, launched on 27 October 1967. Author
- Unmanned Spacecraft