Re: Supersynchronous

Antonin Vitek (avitek@lib.cas.cz)
Tue, 29 Sep 1998 09:08:10 +0100

The term "supersynchronous" was created ad-hoc for transfer orbits with
an apogee significantly higher than geostationary orbit by McDowell. 

Lowest possible inclination attainable from a launch site without the
so-called "dog-leg" maneuvre (ie. plane change during powered ascent) is
geographical latitude of the launch site (launch due East). As Kourou is
at 9 deg 14 min N, the theoretically loweast inclination is 4.25 deg.
This would lead to a trajectory too close to Kourou town, therefore more
safe 7 deg inclination is used. 
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