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1) turn on the main thruster

2) tun off the main thruster

3) rotate 180 degrees

how fast can you make the satellite traverse a linear distance of exactly 1500 km (starting and stopping with a velocity of 0)? When answering , yous hould consider the following information:

-fully fueled, the satellite's mass is 2420 kg.

-the main thruster produces a constant force of F=96.8 N and consumes fuel at a rate of 1.6 grams/second.

-The rotaional thrusters consume .8 g/s

-the satellite requires 400 seconds to complete a rotation of 180 degrees

- cannot use F=ma because in this scenario the satellites thrusters accelerate it by ejecting mass.Instead you should use a more general F= dp/dt, where p denotes momentum ( the product of mass and velocity, which depend on time)

-because the mass of the satellite at the beginning of the trip is not the same as the mass at toward the end, the duration of the first and last legs of this 1500 km trek will not be the same.