Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Orbital Piloted Assembly and Experimental Complex

The Orbital Piloted Assembly and Experiment Complex (Orbitalnyj Pilotiruiemyj Ekspierimientalnyj Komplieks) (OPSEK) is a planned habitable artificial satellite in Low Earth orbit. It is seen as a Russian successor of the International Space Station (ISS) which is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2020.

It is part of a deep-space network of space stations supporting manned exploration of the Solar system. Components of manned interplanetary ships are planned to be sent to the station for assembly before departing to Mars, the Moon, and possibly Saturn. Returning crew from these missions shall recover on the station before returning to Earth. 

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OPSEK
2. http://www.enotes.com/topic/Orbital_Piloted_Assembly_and_Experiment_Complex

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