On October 30, 1967 the Soviet Union carried out the world's first automatic link-up in space.
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Background: On October 30, 1967 the Soviet Union carried out the world's first automatic link-up in space. Satellites Cosmos-188 and Cosmos-186 docked in orbit. They were launched on October 27.
Seeking, approach and docking were carried out automatically. The docking of the two satellites was rigid. The processes of seeking, approach and docking were carried out with the help of special radio-technical devices and computers on board the satellites.
For 3 1/2 hours the two satellites continued their flight in orbit docked together and carried out a program of scientific and technical research.
On command from Earth the two satellites automatically separated.
Some time later the satellites engines put both craft on different orbits.
All systems controlling the docking and steering to different orbits operated normally.
You can see on the screen satellites Cosmos-186 and Cosmos-188 in linked up position. Background - our Earth, covered by layer of clouds.
This moment the command was given from Earth and Cosmos-18 is separating from its cosmic brother... and is leaving to another orbit.
On October 31st Cosmos-186 successfully completed its flight and Cosmos-188 continues fulfilment of the planned scientific program.
Soviet scientists dedicated this latest achievement in space exploration to the 50th anniversary of Soviet power.