RE: [OT?] XSS-11

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Wed Nov 16 2005 - 10:56:00 EST

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    Igor Lissov wrote:
    > > Out of curiosity, how far from its original orbit could 
    > this satellite possibly maneuver?
    > Several satellites near the orbital plane of XSS-11r and in
    > a similiar height may be targets for visit. For example,
    > 20322  1989-089A  COBE
    > 21263  1991-032A  NOAA-12
    > 22823  1993-061A  SPOT-3
    > 25634  1999-008A  ARGOS
    > 25730  1999-025A  FENGYUN 1C
    > 25731  1999-025B  SHIJIAN-5
    The following paper makes clear that only U.S.-owned objects will be visited:
    "XSS-11 will only rendezvous with a pre-established list of US-owned, inactive
    or dead research satellites or expended rocket bodies near XSS-11's orbit."
    This reminds me, Jeffrey Lewis kindly pointed out to me an official document
    that states that XSS-11's total delta-V is in excess of 600 m/s:
    That is not a huge delta-V, but sufficient to visit several targets in orbits of
    similar inclination and altitude.
    Ted Molczan
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