RE: XSS-11 Inclination / Rendezvous Target known?

From: Russell Eberst (eberst@blueyonder.co.uk)
Date: Mon Apr 11 2005 - 12:34:51 EDT

  • Next message: Ted Molczan: "RE: XSS-11 Inclination / Rendezvous Target known?"

    At 04:36 11/04/2005 -0400, you wrote:
    >Rick Baldridge wrote:
    >
    > > Does anyone know the suspected rendezvous target / orbital
    > > inclination for the Minotaur XSS-11 launch currently
    > > scheduled for tomorrow morning from Vandenberg AFB from pad
    > > SLC-8?  Launch window on April 11 extends from 6:34am PDT to
    > > 7:00am (13:34 to 14:00 UT).
    
    Ted Molczan replied:
    
    >I expect sun-synchronous; approx 97-98 deg.
    
    Spaceflight Now confirms this with quote:
    
    
    In selecting the targets, the objects must be American and within roughly 
    the same orbit.
    
    "All of the objects are U.S.-owned, dead or inactive space objects. We have 
    several rocket bodies that have been expended for other space vehicles and 
    two or three satellites that are no longer operating....I believe one of 
    them is a dead NOAA satellite," Baker explained.
    
    NOAA have inclinations in 98-99.2 degrees region.
    
    best wishes,
    Russell
    
    
    
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