[amsat-bb] Hand deployed satellites

Greg D ko6th.greg at gmail.com
Wed Aug 16 20:02:56 UTC 2017

"On purpose" is a multiply faceted thing.  It's high enough that it can
stay in orbit, but low enough that the Shuttle and other launch vehicles
can get to it.  That orbit happens to be low enough that stuff does tend
to decay fairly rapidly, but I think access was more the driving factor
for how high to put it.

Anything in a higher orbit will necessarily cross through the ISS's
orbit on their way to decay.  So, putting the ISS higher would have been
better from a debris perspective, and also would reduce the need for
reboosting.  But if you can't get to the ISS with the available launch
vehicles, that would kind of defeat the whole purpose of the space

Greg  KO6TH

Patrick Green wrote:
> It's my belief that ISS sits in a decaying orbit on purpose so other debris
> is limited.  They constantly have to keep pushing up their orbit to stay in
> space and not fall back to earth.
> 73 de KA9SCF

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