Re: Mir's new orbit

Tristan Cools (tcools@nic.INbe.net)
Sat, 20 Jul 1996 00:38:37 +0200 (MET DST)

>I note that Chris v.d. Berg's Mir News, 
>http://www.support.nl/muurkrant/mirmain.html, has not been updated of 
>late (summer holiday?).  Does anyone know why Mir has been DEboosted into 
>a more eccentric orbit?  Anything to do with the many debris objects?
>

As I understand it, Mir has been DEboosted because it cannot be reached by
the next Progress launch. The next Progress will use the the less powerful
Soyuz U.  On other Progress missions this was no problem because they were
launched with the Soyuz U2 which is more powerful.

Greetings,
Tristan Cools
tcools@nic.INbe.net
51.13N  3.16E