(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

You are an astronaut in the space shuttle pursuing a satellite in need of repair. You are in a circular orbit of the same radius as the satellite (400 km above the Earth), but 20 km behind it.

How long will it take to overtake the satellite if you reduce your orbital radius by 1.1 km?

2. Relevant equations

Fg=G*m1m2/r^2

3. The attempt at a solution

[tex]F_g=m\frac{v^2}{r}[/tex]

[tex]G\frac{m_1m_E}{r^2}=m\frac{v^2}{r}[/tex]

[tex]G\frac{m_E}{r}=v^2[/tex]

[tex]v=\sqrt{G\frac{m_E}{r}}[/tex]

v_{sat}=31577.92 m/s

v_{shut}=31621.43 m/s

v_{shut}relative to satellite = 43.51 m/s

v=d/t => t=d/v

t = 20,000m / 43.51m/s = 459.66s = 0.13 hr

This is, however, the wrong answer. What did I do wrong?

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