Shuttle-ISS Question

From: Jonathan T Wojack (
Date: Sat Apr 21 2001 - 11:27:29 PDT

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    I have a question:
    How does the Space Shuttle catch up to the ISS?  I am under the
    impression that they are both in the same orbit during "catch-up".  Even
    I know that if you travel too fast in an orbital plane, you will start to
    go out away from Earth; too slow and you will fall back to Earth.
    The only think that I can think of is that the Shuttle starts out in a
    smaller orbit than the ISS, and then attains a speed faster than rated
    for that orbital plane, which makes it gain altitude and go faster than
    the ISS.  Thus, when the Shuttle comes up to ISS's orbital plane, the two
    are essentially right next to each other.
    Anybody know?
    Jonathan T. Wojack       
    39.706d N   75.683d W            
    4 hours behind UT (-4)
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