Re: SPACE: Is ISS a boondoggle?, was Re: SPACE: Why so much EVAonISS?

From: Michael Lorrey (
Date: Wed Mar 21 2001 - 12:23:01 MST

"Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:
> Also, can someone explain this 51 degree thing and why it is
> a "commie" orbit?

Its the most efficient/highest payload mass for launches from Baikanour

> Also, is 0 degrees over the equator or
> over the poles?


> My read on some on the Shuttle pages that
> are in my "Space Station" pages suggests that the payload
> capacity to the station is almost half that of LEO. Is that
> just because its higher or is that because we have it in
> an orbit that the Russians can get to too?

It was raised to the higher orbit a few months ago now that the heaviest
modules have been launched already. The higher orbit obviously protects
against degradation, and I think its an orbit with less space junk

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