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Jonathan McDowell
Corrected orbital data for the Roadster: 0.99 x 1.71 AU x 1.1 deg C3 = 12.0, passes orbit of Mars Jul 2018, aphelion November
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Thiago V Goncalves Feb 7
Replying to @planet4589
That's a quite a difference from what we were told. I wonder why that is?
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James Guillochon Feb 7
Replying to @planet4589 @hannorein
There you go
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Luis Alcides Bandeo Feb 7
Replying to @planet4589
For the simple mortals. How far is going ? asteroid belt?
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Daniel Bamberger Feb 7
Replying to @LuisBandeo @planet4589
No. Just out to the orbit of Mars. Elon's earlier orbit was wrong (as we had already suspected).
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Joshua V. Nelson Feb 7
Early orbital estimations always have a large error, as they're based on very few data points rather close together. I think may have just "burned until there was nothing left in the tank" rather than a precision burn.
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Johnny Feb 7
Replying to @planet4589
How many days will it take the roadster to go around the sun? The roadster year:-)
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Thiago V Goncalves Feb 7
Yup, sounds like it.
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John Berrigan Feb 7
Replying to @johnny0129 @planet4589
about 1.6 years if i did it right...
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Johnny Feb 7
Replying to @jabe8 @planet4589
At what point would you be able to calculate the exact number of days?
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John Berrigan Feb 7
Replying to @johnny0129 @planet4589
with 0.99 and 1.71 AU I get 1.5686 years.... kepler's 3rd law rules :) all about accuracy of data
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Jack Deeth Feb 7
I'd read it'd have an elliptical orbit around both Earth and Mars - is that an oversimplification?
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Eric Ralph Feb 7
Replying to @planet4589
thanks for this.
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Daniel Bamberger Feb 7
It has an elliptical orbit around the Sun, which crosses the orbits of Earth and Mars.
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Robert Fritzinger Feb 7
Replying to @planet4589
Really not even close to the asteroid belt. It will make it just past Mars orbit.....right??
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Jonathan McDowell Feb 7
Replying to @RAFritz7
Correct
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Cosmic Penguin Feb 7
Replying to @planet4589
NASA's LSP performance calculator puts the maximum payload that FH w/ 1st stage recovery can lift to this orbit at 4000 kg.
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Jim B Feb 7
Replying to @planet4589
Copy that. To what extent should orbital paths be licensed? Is space navigation akin to Freedom of the Seas? Could society impose eminent domain at some future date? Could someone or a group own an orbit & have a right to defend it? Where does Musk stand on this legally?
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Tony Dunn Feb 7
Replying to @planet4589
Here's a simulation using Jonathan's numbers of 0.99 x 1.71 x 1.1 deg inclination
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