The text below is my translation of an article published in Novosti Kosmonatiki magazine, issue #8/2011, pages 8-11. This is a big interview of Vladimir Solovyov, taken by NK's reported Alexander Ilyin. Alexander courteously agreed on me translating and posting this interview on terms of preserving his copyright.
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It may seem incredible that in the world of manned spaceflight, of polished steel and facemasked technicians, of high-tech mission control and protocols for everything, there is a body of folklore, superstition and tradition that is followed by each and every crewmember as if performing a sacred rite. Invocation of spirits of the dead, holy water,... 2 Comments
For the problem of guiding a burn on orbit where the solution may not lie very close to being along the current instantaneous velocity vector (Orbiter autopilot's Prograde), you want to find some function of time for your burn attitude that ends at your desired final orbit and minimizes the burn time (and thus the fuel use).
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