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

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Wed Mar 21 2001 - 01:48:43 MST

Spike Jones <> writes:

> Greg, we can't really move the thing. Recall that it would take more
> than half the delta vee to move the existing hardware from the
> commie 51 degrees down to zero inclination as it took to lift
> the whole mess up there to start with. We would need to supply
> nearly 5000 m/sec to alllll thaaaat stuuuuuff thats already at 51
> degees. Inclination changes are a huge propellant devourer.
> Like it or not, 51 degrees is where it stays. {8-[

What about attaching an ion engine and taking some time with the moving?

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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