Orbital Transfers

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#1 Suppose the spaceshuttle is in circular orbit about the Earth, located at point O in the drawing. When the shuttle reaches point A in its orbit, it deploys a satellite straight out ahead of it. Which choice shows what the new orbit of the satellite looks like?

a. b. c. d.

#2 NASA has planned an unusual fuel-saving maneuver to drop a satellite, initially in circular orbit about the Earth (Point O), straight down onto the Earth. To accomplish this, a double-thrust maneuver will be used, and the trajectory will be as shown in the figure. Which of the following choices best describes the maneuver?

#3 Suppose a satellite (msatellite = 800 kg) is in a circular orbit 200 km above the surface of the Earth. How much energy is required in order to boost the satellite into a circular orbit 400 km above the surface of the Earth?