1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Homework Help: Hohmann transfer orbit

  1. Dec 18, 2003 #1
    How do you calculate the period of orbit for an elliptical orbit, ie, a Hohmann transfer?
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 18, 2003 #2


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Period is only dependant on the semimajor axis. Eccentricity doesn't matter.

    [tex] P = 2 * \pi * \sqrt{\frac{a^3}{\mu}} [/tex]
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook