Re: STS landing ops

From: Mike (
Date: Tue Feb 20 2001 - 10:44:42 PST

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    > > Why doesn't NASA consider landing the Shuttle on a descending night time
    > > pass at KSC?
    > Perhaps sonic boom issues and/or the requirement to fly over
    > heavily populated areas.
    We've had at least a handful of evening passovers. I don't recall which
    mission, but we had one late night (after 1am local) buzzing within the past
    couple years. The booms carried very nicely :)
    Had the shuttle attempted landing at night the last couple evenings, the
    crosswind requirements would have been even more restrictive (like 12 kts
    instead of 15). Don't know what other factors ruled out these opportunities
    though... sleep schedule sounds like a good reason.
    North Florida
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