STS-88/ISS Reboosts?

Philip Chien (
Wed, 9 Dec 1998 01:32:19 -0500 said:

>I'm hoping someone on SeeSatL might have a little more information on these
>"reboosts" and what they mean for the passes predicted for the
>Endeavour/Zarya/Unity assembly from 8 Dec on and 11 Dec on.

A reboost was performed today (Dec 8 20:36 UT) rasing Babylon 1's orbit
from 210 to 215 nautical miles.  I didn't check whether or not the second
reboost on the 11th is still on or not.

Raising the orbit reduces the mean motion (the number of orbits a satellite
makes in a day).  The Earth continues to rotate at the same speed.

The rest is left as an exercise for the reader.  ;-)

Philip Chien, KC4YER
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