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    Re: More Space Navigation
    From: John Kabel
    Date: 2003 Feb 19, 17:04 -0500

    Not so.  Getting out of the planes of planetary orbits is very easy,
    especially considering that many spacecraft launched form earth have to
    have a lot of course corrections to get into orbits coplanar with the
    equator. Virtually all launches from Earth are initially into orbits
    with some inclination.  Even the ones close to the equator in French
    Guyana (?).
    Small errors in thrust vectors can multiply to significant planetary
    misses if not corrected.  I would not want to be out there without a
    serious backup (celestial on-board).
    John Kabel
    London, Ontario
    > I'm wondering whether navigating within our solar system really is as
    > three-dimensional as we we assume it must be. When we are traveling from
    > one planet to another we stay on the plane of planetary orbit. So what
    > has to be plotted is the trajectory from one moving body to another,
    > difficult enough but essentially an exercise in only two dimensions.

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