Circular orbital velocity.

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If you are at the distance R from a planet and you want to achieve a circular orbit your velocity must be Sqrt[Gm/R] perpendicular to the radius vector.

But what if you launch at an angle (ie no longer perpendicular to the radius)? Is it still possible to achieve a circular orbit if the perpendicular component is still Sqrt[Gm/R]?
 

mathman

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Mt guess is that you will end up with some sort of ellipse.
 

clem

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You will definitely have a non-circular ellipse.
 

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