Re: Recovering Iridiums?

Tristan Cools (
Mon, 24 May 1999 21:36:32 +0200 (CEST)

At 19:26 23-05-99 +0000, you wrote:

>Recently, I queried the Iridium website about repairing the tumblers with
say an
>STS like mission.  The response was that something like STS could not do it
>because the Irids were far too high to reach.  I suspect the real reason to be

Iridium hight is not a big problem I think, but the inclination of 86.4
degrees is.

There is no way to launch a shuttle in that inclination unless they violate
flight regulations to launch the shuttle above populated areas.

The Shuttle launch pad at Vandenberg would have done the job but it has
never been used and was mothballed.  Later this launch pad has been
refurbished into the Athena launch pad.

Tristan Cools
BWGS Member - Belgian Working Group Satellites

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