RE: STS-114 reentry path

From: Stephan Szyman (
Date: Fri Aug 05 2005 - 09:41:03 EDT

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    Louis Carrier wrote:
    >and looking at the orbital plane for those times,
    >it seems the orbiter won't fly over much of the USA
    >as did Columbia but mostly over water (unpopulated areas)
    >and shortly over Central America or Mexico.
    >Am I right in saying so?
    >If yes, is it a new procedure consecutive to the
    >Columbia disater or is it a regular one?
    >After a quick search I was unable to find any document
    >describing the reentry path.
    >(even in the "Mission STS-114 Press Kit" )
    >Any comment?
    STS-107 did not visit the station and had a much lower inclination, which 
    allowed it to make an approach to the cape as the shuttles used to in the 
    "old days"  that is,  over california/texas/louisiana et c.
    the inclination of sts-107 was 39 degrees;  the station and sts-114 are 
    inclined at 51.6 degrees.
    clear skies!
    stephan szyman
    chicago IL USA
    41.6840N, 87.7000W; 188m asl
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