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badman

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What is the gravitational force on the satellite?

Take the gravitational constant to be G = 6.67×10−11 N*m^2/kg^2, the mass of the Earth to be m_e = 5.97×1024 kg, and the radius of the Earth to be r_e = 6.38×106 m.

my answer was 1.51*10^4 {\rm N} which was correct, but I am confused on the next question: What fraction is this of its weight at the surface of the earth?

Take the free fall acceleration to be g = 9.80 m/s^2.