Re: Atlas V/NROL-28 Launch

From: Björn Gimle at ComHem (
Date: Mon Mar 17 2008 - 07:59:24 UTC

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    FWIW, I don't think it's a dogleg.
    These are made when the initial launch azimuth must be
    different than required for the orbit, to avoid populated areas.
    But so soon after near-vertical launch, it has not achieved
    enough lateral displacement to make a dogleg useful.
    I think it is because it was abruptly pitching more horizontally,
    after reaching sufficient altitude and speed, and you were
    positioned left of the ascent plane.
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    > The image is a view from the rear and appears to show a lateral (dogleg?)
    > maneuver by the Atlas. The photo is posted at 
    > under the title "Atlas V Debut".
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