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Zero gravity flight

  1. Sep 30, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    ne of the methods used to train astronauts for the effects of "zero gravity" in space is to put them in a specially equipped plane which has been stripped of seats and fitted with padded walls. The pilot then takes the plane up to an altitude of typically 9300 meters and, at a speed of 830 km/hr, puts it into a sudden steep climb. He then pilots the plane so that it follows the parabolic trajectory of free fall until it is falling at the maximum allowable rate for safety. He can do this by flying the plane so that he is in continuous free fall himself. (He is trained to do this.)
    If the maximum angle of elevation that can be achieved in his initial rise is 19.0 degrees (with respect to the horizontal) and likewise the maximum angle of descent for safety is 19.0 degrees, how long (in seconds) will the astronaut trainees experience zero gravity?


    3. The attempt at a solution

    I don't know how think about this question? Which laws of physics should I be thinking about etc?
     
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  3. Oct 1, 2013 #2
    A projectile is in free fall during its flight.
     
  4. Oct 1, 2013 #3

    haruspex

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    What equations of motion do you have for a projectile moving in a constant gravitational field?
     
  5. Oct 2, 2013 #4
    When you are in free fall it seems that there is no gravity present or like it have been switched off.
     
  6. Oct 2, 2013 #5

    haruspex

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    Sure, but you as the projectile do not constitute an inertial reference frame, so I don't see how that helps in answering the question.
     
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