Wet workshop is the idea of using a spent rocket stage as a makeshift space station. A liquid-fuel rocket primarily consists of two large, airtight fuel tanks; it was realized that the fuel tanks could be retrofitted into the living quarters of a space station. A large rocket stage would reach a low Earth orbit and undergo later modification. This would make for a cost-effective reuse of hardware that would otherwise have no further purpose, but the in-orbit modification of the rocket stage could prove difficult and expensive.

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  • Wet workshop is the idea of using a spent rocket stage as a makeshift space station. A liquid-fuel rocket primarily consists of two large, airtight fuel tanks; it was realized that the fuel tanks could be retrofitted into the living quarters of a space station. A large rocket stage would reach a low Earth orbit and undergo later modification. This would make for a cost-effective reuse of hardware that would otherwise have no further purpose, but the in-orbit modification of the rocket stage could prove difficult and expensive. A wet workshop is contrasted with a "dry workshop", where the empty upper stage is internally outfitted on the ground before launch with a human habitat and other equipment. It is not filled with fuel, instead the stage is launched into orbit by a sufficiently powerful rocket. (en)
  • L'atelier humide est un concept de réalisation économique d'une station spatiale, étudié par les équipes de Wernher von Braun à l'époque de la conception de la station spatiale Skylab. Il consiste à réutiliser un étage de fusée à ergols liquides après sa mise en orbite, afin d'aménager un espace de vie pour des astronautes en orbite. (fr)
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  • L'atelier humide est un concept de réalisation économique d'une station spatiale, étudié par les équipes de Wernher von Braun à l'époque de la conception de la station spatiale Skylab. Il consiste à réutiliser un étage de fusée à ergols liquides après sa mise en orbite, afin d'aménager un espace de vie pour des astronautes en orbite. (fr)
  • Wet workshop is the idea of using a spent rocket stage as a makeshift space station. A liquid-fuel rocket primarily consists of two large, airtight fuel tanks; it was realized that the fuel tanks could be retrofitted into the living quarters of a space station. A large rocket stage would reach a low Earth orbit and undergo later modification. This would make for a cost-effective reuse of hardware that would otherwise have no further purpose, but the in-orbit modification of the rocket stage could prove difficult and expensive. (en)
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  • Wet workshop (en)
  • Atelier humide (fr)
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