Post by PhantomWolf on Aug 3, 2011 20:43:50 GMT -4
Abort was done by dumping the decent stage and firing the acent engine. I suspect that the CSM would have been responsible for any burns required to change orbit so they could rendezvous, just as they did with the after mission rendezvous.
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This article on Lunar Orbit Rendezvous discusses orbital rendezvous in detail including landing and lift-off and will give the reader a fuller appreciation for the procedures, including aborts.
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Whether an abort involved dropping the descent stage depends on when in the descent the abort occurs. Early in the descent you'd want to hold onto the descent stage for its unspent delta-V as well as its much larger store of consumables (particularly battery power) that would give you a lot more time to arrange a rendezvous with the CSM. The ascent stage has only about 600 amp-hours of battery vs the 2000 in the J-type descent stage.