my next big concern is the operation of the Fregat stage
How long is it taking to do a full lap around the earth?According to this: http://digilander.libero.it/SATrack/Phobos.html?q=phobos&jd=2455874.35069566&Post=800#MAP the shuttle just went over Argentina, and on the next 4 passes will be almost on the same spot as it was last night when i saw it. Actually a bit over west. As sunset is around 21:30 GMT here, it will be perfect for me to see it again.Of course, if the russians don't fire up the rocket, cause it will start to fly over them in the same laps.
If the shape of the orbit is 207 x 347 km then the period of the orbit would be almost exactly 90 minutes, I think.
The previous two posts indicate the two-week period to solve the problems is virtual; there are only three days... the click is ticking!
And can we please stop calling it a shuttle?
This makes me wonder what this forum would have been like during Apollo 13.
in just two days [Phobos-Grunt] would descent too low for the available propellant to raise its parking orbit and conduct another attempt to enter escape trajectory toward Mars, reports said.
Quote from: Jason1701 on 11/09/2011 04:27 pmThis makes me wonder what this forum would have been like during Apollo 13."OMG! Just heard 'Houston, we have a problem' over the loop! That doesn't sound good?!""Calm down, it could be anything.""Uh oh, someone's just tweeted they are losing O2!"And so on
I wonder ... what is that station