Re: sts99 launch

From: Tony Beresford (
Date: Fri Jan 14 2000 - 19:20:18 PST

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    At 09:26 15/01/00 , Dale Ireland wrote:
    >Does anyone know the azimuth for the scheduled launch of STS99,
    >Jan. 31, 2000 at 12:47 p.m. EST, inclination 57 degrees
    >I mean is it being launched on an ascending path up the east coast or
    >descending to the southeast?
    Dale, using the pre-launch elset from Ken Enandes for the original
    launch back in spet 16, 1999 ( 1247UT), one can see that the
    orbit track after launch requires a North East launch azimuth.
    I imagine things cant have changed since then. 
    I think there is a limit on inclinations for SE launches set 
    by the constraint of not launching on a trajectory that overflies
    Cuba. By the looking at an atlas one may be able to do this
    for the MIR/ISS orbital inclination, but I suspect not for
    57 degrees. In the first few years of the sixties I seem to remember the
    Cuban's complained about second stage debris from a 66 degree launch
    that landed in Cuba.
    Tony Beresford
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