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Re: Determining orbit number



No, it would cross the equator on a S to N direction around half an orbit after launch.


Jeff Yanko wrote:

> Now here's a kicker.  If a bird is launched from the southern hemisphere 
> and it headed in a southerly direction, towards the south pole it would 
> cross the equator south to north on its first equatorial pass but won't 
> count as an orbit until the next pass.  Which would technically mean the 
> bird would have to orbit, say 1.25 to 1.5 times before the first 
> "official" orbit is logged.
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