Re: STS 130 Ascent to ISS Trajectory Spreadsheet

From: Dr. T.S. Kelso (TS.Kelso@celestrak.com)
Date: Thu Feb 04 2010 - 19:32:55 UTC

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    You can also find a full description of the STS 130 ascent at 
    http://celestrak.com/events/sts-130-launch.asp. It uses the data 
    provided by Bill Harwood.  - TS
    
    Dr. T.S. Kelso
    CelesTrak, http://celestrak.com
    E-Mail: TS.Kelso@celestrak.com
    
    
    
    Ted Molczan wrote:
    > The ascent trajectory and look angles are primarily of interest to observers
    > near the east coast of North America, interested in observing the shuttle
    > during its ascent to orbit. Since STS 130 will be launched at night, it will
    > be readily visible, weather permitting. The entire ascent will occur within
    > Earth's shadow.
    >
    > I have produced an MS Excel spreadsheet to compute azimuth, elevation, R.A.
    > and Dec, and an indication whether the shuttle is in sunlight, or the umbra
    > or penumbra of Earth's shadow, during STS 130's ascent to orbit on its
    > mission to ISS:
    >
    > http://satobs.org/seesat_ref/Shuttle/STS_130_Ascent_Trajectory_to_ISS.xls
    >
    > To use, enter your observation site co-ordinates and the date and time of
    > lift-off, in the specially labelled cells (those with red coloured font).
    >
    > The spreadsheet is set up for STS 130's scheduled launch on 2010 Feb 07 at
    > 09:39:47 UTC, as seen from Washington, D.C.
    >
    > I obtained the trajectory data from The CBS News Space Reporter's Handbook,
    > by William Harwood:
    >
    > http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/downloads.html
    >
    > Scroll down to the SpaceCalc section, and see file SpaceCalcPC_130.zip for
    > PC or SpaceCalcMac_130.zip for Mac.
    >
    > Ted Molczan
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