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Satalite Question:

  1. Nov 26, 2007 #1
    Calculate the height above the earths surface for a satellite with a speed of 7600 m/s?

    How do i do it?
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  3. Nov 26, 2007 #2

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    What's the relationship between orbital radius and orbital velocity? You know the velocity, so compute the radius. Now, what's the relationship between orbital radius and altitude? Now that you know the orbital radius, you should be able to compute the altitude.
  4. Nov 27, 2007 #3
    This is the relationship:


    G: gravity constant
    M: the Earth mass
    R distant from the satellite to the Earth centre
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2007
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