[FPSPACE] ISS & interplanetary flights
svengrahn at telia.com
Tue Dec 21 15:43:16 EST 2004
>If you leave LEO close to the northern apex of the orbit, reaching the
>ecliptic is not such a big deal. The same goes for reaching the Moon which
>is close to the cliptic. Remember . Clementine was launched from
>Vandenberg and Luna-3 from Baikonur....
Or. the southern apex, for that matter. If you choose your departure point
suitably you can make your parabolic excess velocity vector point anywhere
in declination. So, as JimO says, it is reaching the LEO parking orbit
which brings about a penalty, not departing LEO.
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