A satellite is designed to orbit Earth at an altitude above its surface that will place it in a gravitational field with a strength of 4.5 N/kg.
a) Calculate the distance above the surface of Earth at which the satellite must orbit.
b)Assuming the orbit is circular, calculate the acceleration of the satellite and its direction.
c)At what speed must the satellite travel in order to maintain this orbit?
mass of earth : 5.98 x 10^24 kg
radius of the earth : 6.38 x 10^6 m
Fg= G mE / r^2
v= sqrt ( GmE/r )
ac= 4Pi^2 r / T^2
The Attempt at a Solution
Distance above the surface at which the satellite must orbit is 3.0x10^6m.
No clue, I have searched many resources and they fail to give any clear ideas on how to tackle this question.
Seems a bit too much. Could someone verify c) and I would appreciated any help with b), also verification of a) but I think I got it.