Re: Shuttle theory

From: Markus Mehring (
Date: Thu Feb 06 2003 - 19:56:42 EST

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    On Thu, 6 Feb 2003 14:29:44 -0800, you ("Dale Ireland"
    <>) wrote:
    >Today's news from NASA adds to the news that
    >there was increased drag on the left side with the information that
    >thrusters were doing all they could to maintain the spacecraft's attitude.
    >Is it possible that flashes along the reentry track early on the west coast
    >and the small "pieces of debris" seen at that time could have really been
    >unusually long and rapid thruster activity??
    The unusual RCS activity, that is, the FCS trying to cope with the drag on
    the left side, has been reported to be two of four right-hand side yaw
    thruster firing for 1.5 seconds to assist the aerosurfaces in that respect.
    All of this occured no earlier than one or at best two minutes before final
    LOS, basically over West and North-Central Texas. This is reportedly not an
    event associated with reentry trajectory further west, there don't seem to
    have been excessive thruster firings over California.
    CU!	Markus
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