Re: Unidentified subject!

From: Jonathan T Wojack (tlj18@juno.com)
Date: Thu Mar 02 2000 - 09:57:01 PST

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    > One (of many) counterexamples to this statement is the Israeli 
    > satellite
    > Ofeq 3 (23549 = 95-018A) which is in a 143-degree inclined orbit
    > which one can consider to be in a retrograde 37-degree orbit :
    > 
    > Ofeq 3           1.0  0.0  0.0  6.3 v  1.5
    > 1 23549U 95018A   00058.76384949  .00045892  00000-0  16720-2 0  
    > 6464
    > 2 23549 143.3364 244.7978 0005048 203.1428 156.9088 
    > 15.26593412272104
    > 
    > (I imagine the "wrongness" of its direction of travel had to with 
    > geo-
    > political constraints on the launch direction.)
    
    But if it is a retrograde orbit, how does it stay in orbit?  What is the
    difference in relation to the graviton field of Earth if a satellite is
    in a reverse "normal" orbit, or in a retrograde orbit?
    
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    Jonathan T. Wojack                                         
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