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"Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is."
- Isaac Asimov

Orbital Factory  
  Putting manufacturing in space, orbiting the planet.  

As far as I can find, this is the first use of the phrase.

Bill Jack only half listened. They had all been through pressure suit training. A few had been in orbit before. Certainly Bill Jack had; his contract with Space Industries required him to work summers in their orbital factory complex. It had been pleasant work, and Bill had enjoyed his status.
Technovelgy from Bind Your Sons To Exile, by Jerry Pournelle.
Published by Odyssey in 1976
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Arthur C. Clark called them orbiting factories a few years later.

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