Re: go interceptors!

From: John Clark (
Date: Fri Jul 20 2001 - 22:40:33 MDT

Trask, Robert E <> Wrote:

> There are actually SIX things (Orbital Elements) you have know to predict an
>objects location at a given time in orbit, and we can thank Mr. Kepler.

Kepler predicted the orbit of Mars and it took him years of calculation, Newton can
predict anything and it's easy.

>They are not static and have to be updated constantly because of
>gravitational and high atmosphere influences.

Are you trying to tell me with a straight face that there is no way to know
where a satellite in a stable orbit will be in one hour's time?

>Ever seen ANY space mission orbiting east to west?

No, because there was never any reason to do so and my bucket of bolts
won't be going east to west either. If you're interested in protecting the USA
from ICBM's the battleground will be near the north pole so your Laser battle
stations had better be in polar orbit, going north to south or south to north,
it doesn't matter. Whatever direction you decide I'll send my bolts in the
opposite orbit.

    John K Clark

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