PhysicsLAB NextTime Question
Elliptical Orbits

A rocket coasts in an elliptical orbit around the earth. To attain escape velocity using the least amount of fuel in a brief firing time, should it fire off at the apogee, or at the perigee?
    Hint: Let the formula Fd = ΔKE guide your thinking!

View Correct Answer

Paul G. Hewitt
Copyright © 1984-2005
All rights reserved.
Used with written permission.
HTML conversion
Copyright © 1997-2022
Catharine H. Colwell
All rights reserved.
Mainland High School
Daytona Beach, FL 32114