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Gravitational Energy Q

  1. Nov 11, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    How much energy is required to launch a 200 kg satellite from the surface of the earth into a circular orbit with radius 8.0 * 10^6 m?


    2. Relevant equations

    Ep= -GMm/r

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I calculated the gravitational potential energy of the object on the earth, then I calculated the gravitational potential energy of the object in the circualr orbit and then I subtracted the two and apparently thats not the correct way to tackle the problem.
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  3. Nov 11, 2008 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    Hi Effective! Welcome to PF! :smile:

    That will only give you enough energy to get it up there …

    you need it to stay up also! :biggrin:

    :wink: you gotta be practical!​
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