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Re: Elliptical/GTO and Eagle



Hi Bob

Can you predict for us the life of AO-40 given  the altitude of the
perigee that the s/c attained after launch and before the 400-N firing ??

Joe  K0VTY
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On Sat, 04 May 2002 12:07:14 -0400 Robert McGwier <rwmcgwier@comcast.net>
writes:
> 
> Can anyone on this bulletin board name a single GTO launch
> where the PERIGEE was high enough to become the
> permanent orbit?  It is a waste of fuel for any
> launcher to do anything but get apogee to the right
> place with enough perigee height that the spacecraft
> attitude control works long enough to burn to a higher
> perigee and/or to circularize the orbit.
> 
> If we cannot suggest even one GTO launch/launcher that has
> this characteristic, then why are we bothering to even
> consider such a fiction?  A better thing is to
> look at existing GTO launches and to figure out
> what if anything we can build to suit.
> 
> I have an open mind and am willing to be convinced
> but I just don't see it.
> 
> Bob
> N4HY
> 
> 
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