How does the Satellite manage to stay in earth's orbit?

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I have read that an object needs to have a velocity of around 8km/s to not fall back on earth and to stay on orbit.

Based on the above, are all our human made sattelites constantly travelling at around 8km/s to not fall back on earth? Is so doen't it need a lot of fuel? Does it store all this fuel? I think I am missing something basic here.
 

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It doesn't take any fuel to keep moving - there is nothing to stop it.
 
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At 8km/s, if you fly through the atmosphere, probably your craft will burn
 
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I have read that an object needs to have a velocity of around 8km/s to not fall back on earth and to stay on orbit.

Based on the above, are all our human made sattelites constantly travelling at around 8km/s to not fall back on earth? Is so doen't it need a lot of fuel? Does it store all this fuel? I think I am missing something basic here.

Newton's First Law: an object in motion will tend to stay in motion. There is no air - and therefore no air resistance - in space. Once you get the craft up to speed, it will continue on its merry way forever until it encounters something to stop or slow it (such as faint whiffs of atmosphere in low orbit.)
 
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At 8km/s, if you fly through the atmosphere, probably your craft will burn
This is not relevant.
 
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