Re: FW: Shuttle water dump while attached to ISS

From: Bjoern Gimle (
Date: Sun Aug 19 2001 - 21:59:12 PDT

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    > I recall reading that objects of a low mass -to- RCS value will delay
    > less rapidly, than those of a high value (IOW, more mass, faster decay).
    I hope this is a typo - more mass gives slower decay!
    If RCS is indicative of true cross-sectional area, drag force increases with
    But the EFFECT of the force decreases with more mass of the affected object.
    Some examples are the Echo, Explorer 19 and OCS balloons, and spent rocket
    stages in orbits similar to the payload's (which hopefully are heavier than
    the empty rocket).
    A more important example is debris from explosions, that do decay reasonably
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