Re: Inclination change

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Wed Mar 10 2004 - 04:15:57 EST

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    > Just how difficult is it to change the inclination of an orbit?
    Just to add an example, the recent DSP orbital insertion burn
    (or its exhaust plume) that a number of people saw from widely
    scattered locations was in part an inclination change.  (It was
    also of course to circularize the payload's orbit from GTO to 
    geostationary.)  Here's a link to one of the threads about it:
    I can't say much about the physics, but I do know that one 
    advantage of launching from the equator (Sea Launch) or near it 
    (Kourou, French Guiana) is that it costs less in terms of 
    inclination changes.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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