Delta 2 strange inclination change

Tristan Cools (tcools@nic.INbe.net)
Fri, 16 Apr 1999 23:25:30 +0200 (CEST)

At 14:34 16-04-99 EDT, you wrote:

>LANDSAT 7
>1 25682U 99020A   99106.70303473 -.00005872  00000-0 -11354-2 0    42
>2 25682  98.2243 175.2137 0020469 182.0067 178.1027 14.62942429   137
>DELTA 2 R/B
>1 25683U 99020B   99106.53026626  .00568309  78452-5  66567-3 0    29
>2 25683 107.5837 169.1035 0385442 330.6038  27.3971 15.39514041   115


This is strange.  I understand that the Delta rocket(25683/99020B) did make
a fuel depletion burn and lowered its orbit for a soon reentry but why such
a change of inclination ?  I would expect something like 98 degrees.


Greetings,

Tristan Cools
tcools@nic.INbe.net
BWGS Member - Belgian Working Group Satellites

Observing at:

Damse Vaart: 3.2486E/51.2279N
Ryckevelde: 3.2867E/51.2054N
Brugge: 3.1611E/51.2108N