Re: USSC numbering nonsense

Phillip Clark (
Thu, 17 Dec 1998 23:55:02 +0000 (GMT)

On Thu, 17 Dec 1998, Daniel Deak wrote:
> The situation is a bit awkward for us too, because now the international ID
> for Zarya (98-067A as I recall) will have to serve as the ID for the whole
> ISS (it will have to do double duty) while the ID for Unity (98-069F as I
> recall) will relate only to Unity.
> Joe King"

I cannot see the logic in the international designator for Zarya also 
referring to ISS as a whole as being "awkward".

The precedent has been set by the Mir Complex being 1986-017A/16609 since 
those are the designators of the first module to be launched.

Or is it "awkward" for Americans to have the ISS International designator 
based upon a Russian-launched/built module rather than an American one ?

Phillip Clark

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