Although a benefit of flying ISS at a lower altitude is increased payload capability for VVs (due to lower fuel requirements), a drawback is that less debris can be tracked at lower altitudes, leading to fewer conjunction notifications.Now, you might think that this is a good thing, but notice that I said fewer notifications, not fewer conjunctions - the only reason there will be fewer notifications is that less conjunctions can be seen, which is bad. Indeed, when the ISS went up to 400km, conjunction notifications were expected to increase by 50-100%. I don't know whether this proved to be correct, however.
Do you know why they plan to relocate Soyuz TMA-09M to Zvezda, rather than dock Soyuz TMA-11M to Zvezda?
Is there a reason for Progress M-19M departing ISS prior to Progress M-18M?
Quote from: TJL on 05/13/2013 11:33 pmIs there a reason for Progress M-19M departing ISS prior to Progress M-18M?Docking port: ATV uses Zvezda.