[amsat-bb] Re: ISS a Satellite or an airplane?

Eric H. Christensen eric at christensenplace.us
Sat Sep 15 01:49:32 PDT 2007

Well does that mean that if we launch a satellite with an engine of some
kind that it keeps it from being a satellite?  All geo-sync satellites
have some kind of thruster onboard to keep them in that orbit or to move
them to a new orbit.  I don't think the ISS can be taken out of orbit
but it definitely changes its orbit by control.

Eric Christensen, W4OTN
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Steven Raas wrote:
> Ide have to disagree on both. It's a space craft..an entire different
> entity. Its an orbiting spacecraft, that can be taken out of orbit at any
> time, and not @ random.. probably de classifying it as a sat.
> That's just a stab at the real reason.. works in my head tho.
> Steven J.Raas
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> Subject: [amsat-bb] ISS a Satellite or an airplane?
> Can someone sanity check me, please?  I'm trying to convince a guy at the
> ARRL that the ISS needs to be added to the LoTW as a satellite and he says
> it is not valid because it isn't a satellite but rather an airplane. 
> Anyone out there help me with this?  
> 73s,
> Eric W4OTN
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