RE: STS-107 Abort to ISS Possible?

From: Matson, Robert (
Date: Tue Feb 04 2003 - 21:11:01 EST

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    Hi Curt,
    > I am still wondering about the possibility of an escape to ISS.
    > Yes, the orbits are significantly different. But, while NASA says
    > that Columbia was too heavy to reach ISS, this is based on getting
    > there and back to Earth again, and in a short time frame.
    No can do.  While the altitude is a problem, the main issue is
    the plane change.  Orbital inclination changes are VERY expensive in
    terms of propellant, and there's a huge difference between a
    39-degree inclination orbit and a 51.6-degree inclination.  --Rob
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