Were the early Transit launches from the cape to polar orbit? I've seen mention before of the thor from Transit 3A killing a cow in cuba. I assume that means it was dog legging south.
you seem to be right on the launch site as I quickle read through this articlehttp://www.globalsecurity.org/space/library/report/1991/6555th/6555c4-1.htm
What trajectories were flown to reach polar orbit from the Cape? Fly southeasterly until you've cleared South America and then point southwest to cancel out the easterly component of velocity that you've picked up? Would you loft more than usual to cover the distance to open water without accelerating to the east too much?
I search confirm that the following meteo satellites were all launched from CCAFS, performing dogleg manoeuvres to reach near polar orbit.Tiros 9 - 22.01.1965 - inclination 96,4°...
Some additional notes on planned Delta polar launches at AMR fromDouglas Report SM-45243 circa 1964.
I seem to recall reading that early in the Shuttle program there were talks of launching the Shuttle in a polar orbit - Would that have been done from the east or west coast?
No. Shuttle has never reached a polar orbit.Atlantis, in STS-27, reached a 62' inclined orbit in Dec 1988. That was the record in SSP.