Re: FW: GENESIS-I

From: Robert (rsmath@yahoo.com)
Date: Sat Jul 15 2006 - 15:51:02 EDT

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    The question was to see each other, not rondevous.  I
    can see the two vehicles see each other in theory
    after an orbital decay by Genesis-1 with no
    stationkeeping and exceptionally lucky timing to be in
    the right area at the right time when the two orbits
    criss-cross.  If a brief close encounter was going to
    happen, i'm sure the orbit of the ISS would be
    adjusted to avoid any close near-misses (so the
    orbital adjustment may put enough distance between the
    two objects to be a visual no-go).
    
    --- Mgr. CSc. Anton�n V�tek <AVitek@seznam.cz>
    wrote:
    
    > 
    > Orbit of Genesis-1 is inclined to the equator 64.5
    > deg, STS 51.8 deg , therefore it is impossible to
    > make for them a rendezvous. Also heights are quite
    > different, the lowest point of Genesis' orbit is at
    > 555 km, highesto one of ISS is at 358 km. Therefore
    > the minimum distance between those two objectm is
    > (incindetaly only) when both are in "node of their
    > respective planes no les than 200 km.
    > 
    > < ------------ P�vodn� zpr�va ------------
    > < Od: Cynthia <cynm31@ev1.net>
    > < P�edm�t: FW: GENESIS-I
    > < Datum: 15.7.2006 02:50:42
    > < ----------------------------------------
    > < Question from the Fort Bend (Houston) Astronomy
    > Club about Genesis-I. Anyone
    > < know?
    > < 
    > < in their current orbits, would the two stations
    > ever get close enough to see
    > < each other (ignoring that G-I is unmanned)? If
    > not, will G-I's orbit be
    > < adjusted later on (for whatever reason), making it
    > possible?
    > <   
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