1986-10-01

Space Shuttle Standard Launch Window 861649

To maximize the efficiency of the Space Transportation System as a shared cargo launch system and to enhance the mixability and launch opportunities for payloads carried on the Space Shuttle, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has developed a shared cargo standard launch window. The launch window is based on the transfer orbit Sun angle requirements of an established, common class of geosynchronous communications satellites. This standard window is applicable to mixed cargoes launched from the John F. Kennedy Space Center into 28.5° inclination orbits. The window consists of two time periods, each 2-hr long and centered at 0023 and 1223 Greenwich mean time, and extends unchanged throughout the year.

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