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Spacecraft to jupiter question

  1. Jan 22, 2008 #1
    Ok, so this is a homework question so i assume i put it in this forum (i'm new to this). I have been going over this for the longest time and have no clue on how to solve it please help.

    The marduk spacecraft will be lifted to low orbit using a traditional chemical rocket Rei=5x10^5 m above the surface of the earth. It will use a chemical booster supply ½ the velocity needed to escape the earth’s gravitational field. After that the ion drive will supply all the remaining energy needed to achieve a Jovo-synchronous (I think he means geosynchronous but he put Jovo) orbit about Jupiter.

    1) Identify all the terms that will appear in an equation to determine the change in kinetic energy needed to achieve the new Jovo-synchronous orbit about Jupiter from the low orbit of Earth.
     
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