Re: Uncommon Shuttle orbits

From: Tony Beresford (dberesford@adam.com.au)
Date: Tue Jan 23 2007 - 00:04:57 EST

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    At 03:17 PM 23/01/2007, Tom Wagner wrote:
    >Hello all,
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    >At http://www.braeunig.us/space/specs/shuttle.htm I read:
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    >"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.
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    >Molniya (925 x 39,450 km, 63o): 3,563 kg using IUS via 222 km, 57o 
    >parking orbit."
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    >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?
    It means the intention for the shuttle from VAFB  could launch 
    13426Kg into a 204km sunsynchronous orbit
    and using the IUS 3536Kg into a molniya orbit from the shuttle in a 
    222km 57 degree parking orbit.
    
    The question is acedemic since the shuttle launch facilities at VAFB 
    no longer exist.
    Tony Beresford
    
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