[FPSPACE] ISS: Will US ever use DART-like automated rendezvous?

Allen Thomson thomsona at flash.net
Mon Oct 25 15:19:59 EDT 2004


> There has never been an automated non-cooperative-target rendezvous in 
> space
 history, AFAIK.

Unless you count a few Soviet and US ASAT tests; but maybe that's stretching 
the meaning of "rendezvous."

Actually, AFAIK , the closing speed of the Soviet co-orbital ASATs on their 
targets wasn't all that great, so maybe it did  get into the realm of 
something you could reasonably call "rendezvous." Not "rendezvous and 
docking," of course.




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