[amsat-bb] Re: ARISSat : only a few more days !

Mark Lunday 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.


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Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 4:16 PM
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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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