RE: Titan IVA/K-18 launch

John Pike (
Mon, 06 Oct 1997 12:04:04 -0400

At 01:19 AM 10/6/97 -0400, Ted Molczan wrote:
>I have only one 
>problem with it: the inclination should be 68 deg, not 57 deg as stated.
>Is the Air Force playing games with us?

Maybe not:

1 - While the 57 deg orbit of Lacrosse 1 was at least in part dictated
by Shuttle inclination limitations, it also provided improved coverage of
equatorial areas of high interest to TheSoleRemainingSuperPower[tm].

2 - It is entirely plausible that the folks at Area 58 have gotten accustomed
to the 57+68 constellation, and are loath to alter things. As you may
recall, the really big problem with Lacrosse was the processing and
exploitation activities at Area 58, and it is not difficult for me to imagine
that over time tasking routines have been established that are based on
the coverage that one gets from a 57+68 constellation.


John Pike
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