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COSMONAUTICS; VEHICLES OR EQUIPMENT THEREFOR (apparatus for, or methods of, winning materials from extraterrestrial sources E21C 51/00)
Definition statement
This subclass covers:
  • Cosmonautic vehicles.
  • Observing or tracking cosmonautic vehicles.
  • Tools specially adapted for use in space.
  • Space suits.
  • Simulating cosmonautic conditions.
  • Cosmonautics not otherwise provided for.
Special rules of classification within this subclass

Indexing Codes with identical symbols starting with B64D are used for classifying additional information.

Cosmonautic vehicles
Definition statement
This group covers:
  • Cosmonautic vehicles.
  • Observing or tracking cosmonautic vehicles.
  • Tools specially adapted for use in space.
  • Space suits.
  • Simulating cosmonautic conditions.
  • Cosmonautics not otherwise provided for.
{Launch systems}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

One use launching systems; e.g. rockets

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Rockets

Special rules of classification within this group

There will be an indexing scheme for the following:

Devices specially adapted to launch spacecraft from a platform at sea.

Dispensers arranging multiple satellites in a single launcher.

{Air launch}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Launching using aircraft.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Flying units formed by separate aircraft

Aircraft transported by aircraft

{Orbit transfer}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Devices used to orbit transfer of cosmonautic vehicles.

Artificial satellites; Systems of such satellites; Interplanetary vehicles (space shuttles B64G 1/14; radio transmission systems using satellites H04B 7/185)
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:
  • Satellites.
  • Satellite constellations.
  • Interplanetary vehicles.
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Space shuttles

Radio systems using satellites

Special rules of classification within this group

There will be an indexing scheme for the following:

  • Earth observation satellites using optical means for mapping, surveying, Detection or intelligence.
  • Earth observation satellites using radar for mapping, surveying, detection or intelligence.
  • Meteorological satellites.
  • Spacecraft specially adapted for astronomy observation.
  • Spacecraft specially adapted for interplanetary, solar or interstellar exploration.
  • Spacecraft specially adapted for the exploration of the surface of planets, Moons or comets.
manned
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Space stations, e.g. International Space Station (ISS), Soviet Space station Mir.

Space shuttles
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Reusable space vehicles.

Guiding or controlling apparatus, e.g. for attitude control (jet-propulsion plants F02K; navigation or navigational instruments, the relevant subclass, e.g. G01C; automatic pilots G05D 1/00)
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Means for attitude control.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Attitude control by solar sailing

Jet propulsion plants

Navigation or navigational instruments, see the relevant subclasses, e.g.

Automatic pilots

Special rules of classification within this group

There will be an indexing scheme for:

Numerical aspects of spacecraft attitude control.

Advanced concepts for autonomous, robotic spacecraft, e.g. neural networks therefor.

{Orbits and trajectories}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:
  • Position control.
  • Station keeping.
using jets
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Type of actuator device used for position control and station keeping.

using sensors, e.g. sun-sensors, horizon sensors
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Type of sensor used for position control and station keeping.

Arrangements or adaptations of propulsion systems (B64G 1/26 takes precedence; propulsion plants per se, see the relevant subclasses e.g. F02K, F03H)
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Types of propulsion systems for cosmonautic vehicles

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Power supply systems

Propulsion plants per se, see the relevant subclasses, e.g.

Arrangements or adaptations of power supply systems (power supply systems per se, see the relevant subclasses)
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Types of power supply systems for cosmonautic vehicles.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Propulsion systems

Arrangements or adaptations of apparatus or instruments, not otherwise provided for (instruments per se, see the relevant classes, e.g. aerials for use in satellites H01Q 1/28)
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Antennas.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Aerials for use in satellites

of meteorite detectors
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Meteorite detectors.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Protection against meteorites

Tools specially adapted for use in space
Definition statement
This group covers:

Space robots.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Robot arms

Special rules of classification within this group

There will be an indexing scheme for the following:

Robotic manipulator systems in space

Space suits
Definition statement
This group covers:

Space suits.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Flying suits

High-altitude pressure suits

Simulating cosmonautic conditions, e.g. for conditioning crews (simulators for teaching or training purposes G09B 9/00)
Definition statement
This group covers:
  • Space simulators.
  • Training astronauts.
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Simulators in general for training or teaching purposes

Special rules of classification within this group

There will be an indexing scheme for the following:

Vacuum chambers

Cosmonautics not otherwise provided for
Definition statement
This group covers:

Space structures, e.g. space frames.

Special rules of classification within this group

There will be an indexing scheme for the following:

Inflatable space structures.

High-frequency vibration effects on spacecraft structures.

Modular space systems.

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