[ExI] Name the Rogue Satellite Operation
spike66 at att.net
Thu Feb 21 01:48:54 UTC 2008
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> [mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of hkhenson
> My orbital mechanics is 40 years in the past so correct me if
> I get this wrong.
> A single impulse applied in a low orbit can raise the apogee
> (i.e., make the orbit more egg shaped) but it cannot raise
> the perigee. That takes a second impulse as in a Hohmann
> transfer orbit. Now I am assuming that a satellite scraping
> the atmosphere is in a nearly circular low orbit. So any way
> you bang it with an interceptor, the cloud of junk is going
> to be in orbits where the low point is getting serious drag.
> That should keep the decay time short.
All perfectly right Keith, even after 40 years. My orbit mechanics training
is 20 years old, but these things never change.
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