|Quoting TedTAce (Reply 4):|
*forgive me for not considering the ISS orbit as I know the ISS has to basically be right above the STS when the launch occurs. This probably is a factor in them not cycling in a 24 hour period like they used to.
The ISS itself does not have to be right above the pad. The plane of the ISS orbit must intersect the pad however, that's why the window is so short. They said at the press conference that doing a 24 hour recycle forces them into a flight day 4 rendezvous vs the planned flight day 3. They can't do a flight day 4 rendezvous due to this flight lacking the consumables to support a end of mission contingency day for that scenario. Something to do with manuevers required to photo the ET
requiring more propellant than a regular launch. That's what I got from listening to all the NASAspeak anyway....
edit: ISS will be over the Indian Ocean at 15:51EDT 13 Jul... FYI....
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