Uncommon Shuttle orbits

From: Tom Wagner (sciteach@mchsi.com)
Date: Mon Jan 22 2007 - 23:47:45 EST

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    Hello all,
    
    
    
    
    At http://www.braeunig.us/space/specs/shuttle.htm I read:
    
    
    
    "LEO (204 km, 98o Sun-synchronous VAFB): 13,426 kg OV-103/104/105, assuming 
    use if Advanced Solid Rocket Motors. Neither VAFB nor ASRM will be used.
    
    
    
    Molniya (925 x 39,450 km, 63o): 3,563 kg using IUS via 222 km, 57o parking 
    orbit."
    
    
    
    Does this mean that the shuttle was planned to be flown in a 204 km, 98o, 
    Sun-synchronous orbit and a 925 x 39,450 km, 63o, Molniya orbit? This 
    question is probably rhetorical but has it ever done either?
    
    
    
    Thanks,
    
    
    
    Tom   Iowa   USA
    
    
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