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

From: Chuck Kuecker (
Date: Wed Mar 21 2001 - 10:15:34 MST

At 12:51 PM 3/21/01 +0100, you wrote:
>On Wed, 21 Mar 2001, Chuck Kuecker wrote:
> > Boost it up a few tens of miles, and use a solar sail???
>You don't want to do one thing: operate a solar sail
>anywere with nonzero drag, as in LEO. I don't have any
>numbers, but I'd be really surprised if you could unfold
>a solar sail without deorbiting *real quick* anywhere
>below one meameter.

Forgot that the atmosphere does not end abruptly at 100 km... :(

Chuck Kuecker

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