[amsat-bb] Re: Determining orbit number
Nigel Gunn G8IFF/W8IFF
nigel at ngunn.net
Fri Nov 28 12:31:57 PST 2008
No, it would cross the equator on a S to N direction around half an orbit after launch.
Jeff Yanko wrote:
> Now here's a kicker. If a bird is launched from the southern hemisphere
> and it headed in a southerly direction, towards the south pole it would
> cross the equator south to north on its first equatorial pass but won't
> count as an orbit until the next pass. Which would technically mean the
> bird would have to orbit, say 1.25 to 1.5 times before the first
> "official" orbit is logged.
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