Re: Atlantis in orbit...

From: Jim Scotti (
Date: Mon Apr 08 2002 - 17:33:18 EDT

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    Thanks Jonathan,
        I knew about the OMS Assist, but I didn't know they were using it
    regularly for ISS flights.  It's been a while since the last time I heard of
    it being used.  I was trying to discern a difference in the image of the
    shuttle from the OMS firing, but couldn't see one.  I figured the OMS is very
    much fainter than the main engines, but was hoping with a wee bit of
    resolution that it might be visible, but there were pretty far down range at
    that point and certainly the 3 SSMEs were merged into a triangular blob at
    that point already too.
    On Mon, 8 Apr 2002 wrote:
    > Jim,
    >  The "OMS Assist" burn was introduced a few years ago, and just
    > gives them a little extra payload for these heavy station missions.
    > I'm sure others will have more details.
    >  - Jonathan McDowell
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    Jim Scotti                              
    Lunar & Planetary Laboratory 
    University of Arizona                
    Tucson, AZ 85721 USA           

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