## At what height does the space shuttle orbit?

190 miles to 330 miles
The exact speed depends on the Space Shuttle’s orbital altitude, which normally ranges from 190 miles to 330 miles (304 kilometers to 528 kilometers) above sea level, depending on its mission.

### What was the max altitude of the space shuttle?

Wikipedia lists the maximum operational altitude of the space shuttle as 960 km, although the maximum altitude it did achieve was 620 km when it launched the Hubble Space Telescope . That was actually only the highest point (apogee) of an elliptical orbit which varied between 594 and 620 km.

What is the orbital path of the International Space Station?

The station travels from west to east on an orbital inclination of 51.6 degrees. Each orbit takes 90-93 minutes, depending on the exact altitude of the ISS. During that time, part of the Earth is viewed under darkness and part under daylight.

How high is the International Space Station?

254 mi
International Space Station/Orbit height

## Why isn’t the ISS in a higher orbit?

The ISS was designed to operate between 280 km and 460 km above the Earth. It was not designed to leave low Earth orbit. It was not designed to protect the crew or equipment from the radiation levels above 500km.

### Why is the ISS orbit wavy?

The ISS orbit looks wavy because its path is aligned with the equator of our planet on a 2-D world map (for our visual convenience).

At what height does space start?

100 kilometers
A common definition of space is known as the Kármán Line, an imaginary boundary 100 kilometers (62 miles) above mean sea level. In theory, once this 100 km line is crossed, the atmosphere becomes too thin to provide enough lift for conventional aircraft to maintain flight.

How long does it take the ISS to orbit Earth?

It orbits Earth at an average altitude of approximately 250 miles. It travels at 17,500 mph. This means it orbits Earth every 90 minutes. NASA is using the space station to learn more about living and working in space.

## Can the ISS go higher?

Originally Answered: Can the International Space Station be moved to a higher orbit, like halfway between the earth and moon? Can the International Space Station be moved to a higher orbit, like halfway between the Earth and moon? In theory, yes, the ISS can be moved halfway to the Earth and moon.

### How high can the Space Shuttle go?

The Shuttle is designed to reach orbits ranging from about 185 kilometers to 643 kilometers (115 statute miles to 400 statute miles) high. The Shuttle has the most reliable launch record of any rocket now in operation. Since 1981, it has boosted more than 1.36 million kilograms (3 million pounds) of cargo into orbit.

What is the orbital height of the International Space Station?

Thus it does not have a fixed orbital height. The international space station orbits in a nearly circular path in the center of the thermosphere of the earth’s atmospheric layer. With an orbital inclination of 51.6° to earth’s equator ISS revolves around our earth.

What happened to the International Space Station’s altitude after the shuttle?

The station’s altitude was allowed to fall around the time of each NASA shuttle flight to permit heavier loads to be transferred to the station. After the retirement of the shuttle, the nominal orbit of the space station was raised in altitude (from about 350 km to about 400 km).

## What is the orbit of the Space Shuttle?

The Shuttle is designed to reach orbits ranging from about 185 kilometers to 643 kilometers (115 statute miles to 400 statute miles) high. The Shuttle has the most reliable launch record of any rocket now in operation.