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Question on delta-v and escape velocity?

  1. Feb 20, 2012 #1
    I apologise if this isn't the right place to post this.

    If I was to calculate the escape velocity of a body, e.g. the earth which is approx. 11.2km/s, could this then be used as the delta-v in the ideal rocket equation to calculate the mass ratio needed?

    This would be for both a trip to the moon and to Mars so it's not just LEO. That's why I presume the escape velocity is the delta-v in this case?

    Also, If this was so and I could use it, for the equivalent nozzle exit velocity, would I have to add up the main engine and any boosters?

    Thanks in advance
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 21, 2012 #2
    To derive the escape velocity of any object, remember to apply the law of conservation of energy.On your latter part of the post , I am not sure of the ideal rocket equation.
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