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Re: Station Weight

Hello James!

27 Feb 01 23:32, you wrote to All:

 JW> Perhaps the weight of the satellite doesn't appear in this formula
 JW> because it's negligible compared to the mass of the earth.  My
 JW> question is this: Does the weight of the shuttle really make any
 JW> difference when it becomes part of the space station?
 JW> Your orbital mechanics lessons are appreciated.

I wouldn't have thought shuttle mass would affect the orbit, but there are two
other possibilities:

1.  Increased drag caused by the shuttle.
2.  Shift in centre of mass while shuttle is docked (changes the effective
orbital height slightly, and hence the hight-velocity relationship).

Tony, VK3JED

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