Iridium booster #24797

David Irwin (
Thu, 15 May 1997 09:41:22 +-100

>Also noticed in the most recent JSR that the delta booster that launched
>the Iridiums went into a higher orbit after the fuel depletion burn.
>Seems to me that a burn to lower the perigee would have made more 
>sense.  Let it burn up instead of staying in orbit where it "might"
>create more debris.

>Can a discarded Delta booster be commanded/programmed to turn >itself around
>and fire a retro burn?

The Iridium booster is in an eccentric orbit because it ran out of fuel before it could be deboosted.