Re: STS-114 Launch Window/Plane

From: Bill_T_Bard@raytheon.com
Date: Mon Jul 11 2005 - 07:53:18 EDT

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    You can't really determine the best launch time from the times of closest 
    approach of the ISS to the launch site. You need to determine when the 
    orbital plane will cross the launch site, or closest to it for out of 
    plane launches. The launch usually occurs before the plane crosses the 
    launch site to allow time for the vehicle to accelerate to orbital 
    velocity and to the final altitude of the ISS. I have a program that would 
    calculate plane crossings, but it runs on the Mac.
    
    Bill Bard
    
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