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Launch dates and weather.

Posted by: SuperShuki - Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:10 am
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Post Launch dates and weather.   Posted on: Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:10 am
The Shuttle and other rockets seem to be very circumscribed as regarding launch dates, I assume due to weather. If low cost rockets make it to the fore, will this problem be lessened, or even eliminated?

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Post Re: Launch dates and weather.   Posted on: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:50 am
To a large degree delays caused by weather have little to do with the cost of a rocket and more to do with the location from where it is launched and the intended destination. In the case of flying to the ISS not only do you have to worry about where it is in relation to your launch site you have to schedule your payload to fit in with the other partner's launch activity and on-station visits.

The T-Space concept of using air launch and flying to somewhere where the weather is better always seemed to me to be a good one. Although this has mass limitations of course and would exclude large payloads it really is worth investigating further, especially if you can launch from high altitude above the bad weather.

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Post Re: Launch dates and weather.   Posted on: Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:09 pm
If rockets could be made more available, and competition resulted, than the perhaps the rockets would get to a point where these problems would be overcome. I have a hard time imagining the Wright Flyer taking off on the weather that a jet does . . .

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