• Support PF! Buy your school textbooks, materials and every day products via PF Here!

Gravity Assist (Slingshot effect)?

Hi, I have to make a small presentation on how the phenomenon of gravity assist works. Basically, as we saw in Armageddon (I know, bad movie for scientific inspiration XD ) the two spaceships "slingshot" through the Moon, and attains higher speed, due to the Moon's own gravity.

I tried to use the stuff I know (Centripetal force, Momentum, Universal Law of gravitation, Newton's laws, Pot/Kin Energy, Kepler's laws.....etc) to apply them to the phenomenon, but I have no idea how to come up with a concise way to explain how gravity assist works.....

I would really appreciate any help in this topic...

Thank you in advance, =)
 
Last edited:

Related Threads for: Gravity Assist (Slingshot effect)?

  • Posted
Replies
1
Views
3K
Replies
3
Views
4K
Replies
3
Views
5K
Replies
2
Views
2K
  • Posted
Replies
11
Views
8K

Physics Forums Values

We Value Quality
• Topics based on mainstream science
• Proper English grammar and spelling
We Value Civility
• Positive and compassionate attitudes
• Patience while debating
We Value Productivity
• Disciplined to remain on-topic
• Recognition of own weaknesses
• Solo and co-op problem solving
Top