Communications satellites are placed in a circular orbit where they stay directly over a fixed point on the equator as the earth rotates. These are called geosynchronous orbits. The altitude of a geosynchronous orbit is 3.58 x 10^7m. What is the period of the motion? What is the value of g at this orbit? What is the apparent weight of a 2000kg satellite at this g?(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Now, I found the period to be 24hr, and the value of g to be 0.223m/s/s. But I cannot seem to find a formula tocorrectlycalculate the apparent weight of the satellite with this information.

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**

Dismiss Notice

Join Physics Forums Today!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

# Homework Help: Apparent Weight and Geosynchronous Orbit

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**