Re: Delta 2 strange inclination change

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Fri, 16 Apr 1999 16:07:41 -0600

I noticed that as well.  Seems that if they had enough fuel to change
the inclination that much they would have just lowered the perigee more
to ensure a rapid decay.  At first I thought it was a mistake.

Ron Lee

>>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.

>Tristan Cools
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