RE: NROL-24 probably targeting Molniya orbit

From: Ralph McConahy (rwmcconahy@earthlink.net)
Date: Sat Dec 08 2007 - 15:51:24 UTC

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    Bob Christy asked:
    
    >> Does Wallops have the radar capacity to support two major 
    >> missions on the same day, or are we now waiting for the 
    >> NROL-24 timeline to be adjusted to avoid STS-122?
    
    For Wallops, it depends on requirements.
    
    In the case of two high inclination STS and Atlas launches from KSC, since neither are launched from the Wallops Range itself, we can track them back-to-back with minimum turn-around time. If requirements weren't too stringent we could track both simultaneously (WFF has three fixed Radars and four mobile Radars, one is semi-permanently located in Alaska).
    
      Ralph McConahy
      38.3306N, 75.6970W, -25m (WGS84)
    
    
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