Re: Orbital Inclination

Earl Needham (KD5XB@AMSAT.ORG)
Mon, 13 Sep 1999 09:28:47 -0600

At 03:03 PM 9/13/1999 +0100, Patrick Curran wrote:
>There must be a formula that will give a clear 'cut off' for
>inclinations visible at one's location taking into account the
>satellite's altitude and orbital inclination together with the
>ground station's location and altitude?

	Pat, if you already have some sort of tracking program, check to see if the satellites footprint is shown.  If so, just see if you're ever inside that circle, and you're home free...

>In relation to this query, does anyone know  STS-99's orbital
>nclination?  -  Is the launch still scheduled for Thursday?

	The following is from the STSTLE list, as of 13 August 99:

>NASA has announced delays in the next two shuttle flights while
>wiring in Endeavour and Discovery are inspected. This following
>the short circuit during ascent of Columbia on STS-93. The
>orbital data recently sent are therefore invalid. New orbital
>data will be released when the flights are rescheduled, expected
>no earlier than 07 October 99.


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