[amsat-bb] Re: ARISSat : only a few more days !
mlunday at nc.rr.com
Wed Dec 28 15:45:10 PST 2011
Periodic reboosts are thus necessary every few months, usually undertaken by
a Progress cargo ship docked to the Russian segment, or an Orbiter when
docked to Destiny.
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Wayne Estes
Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 4:16 PM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: ARISSat : only a few more days !
Out of curiosity, what method is used to keep the International Space
Station from burning up?
I know that periodic boosts are done to raise the orbit. Is that done
with rocket engines built into the space station? If so, it seems that
storage and eventual reloading of the fuel would be difficult and high-risk.
Or is the ISS boosted using the engines of a docked vehicle? That seems
like it would have its own set of complications.
Wayne Estes W9AE
Oakland, Oregon, USA, CN83ik
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