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Quickest return from stable Earth orbit to ground?

If I can weasel on the "ground" part, it looks like the Corona film buckets took only about 20 minutes from ejection from the satellite to reaching retrieval altitude on their parachutes at ...
Organic Marble's user avatar
4 votes

Why did SpaceX change the landing site from the Pacific (ITF-1, ITF-2) to the Indian Ocean (ITF-3 and subsequent flights)?

The Indian Ocean site apparently provides a safer landing target for the planned deorbit burn test. According to a SpaceX commentator during the IFT-3 webcast, We are intentionally flying this new ...
Steve Pemberton's user avatar
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Why did SpaceX change the landing site from the Pacific (ITF-1, ITF-2) to the Indian Ocean (ITF-3 and subsequent flights)?

Question Summary: How does the change in landing area “give SpaceX the flexibility to design and execute launch trajectories that meet mission objectives.”? The part in quotes is from the last ...
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Quickest return from stable Earth orbit to ground?

While I agree that Corona film buckets could be a winner, I did some orbital mechanics to estimate the time it would take for it to deorbit using some useful data found on a figure from Wikipedia. If ...
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