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revised What would have been required to boost Mir into a stable orbit?
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comment What would have been required to boost Mir into a stable orbit?
How are questions of rocket payload capacity and capability not physics questions, @DavidZ? Sure, there's a newer more specialized site on the SE network, but that surely doesn't make it off topic for 'physics'. Could you elaborate?
Dec
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comment What would have been required to boost Mir into a stable orbit?
Could anyone please help to validate this?
Dec
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Dec
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answered What would have been required to boost Mir into a stable orbit?
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comment What would have been required to boost Mir into a stable orbit?
On a side note, it's extremely frustrating that there are more calculators and information available online for doing this in Kerbal Space Program then there are for doing it in our solar system or even Earth.
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comment What would have been required to boost Mir into a stable orbit?
This is a valid physics question, and phys.SE has a lot more users (potentially submitting answers) than spaceexp.SE.
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Apr
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comment How to calculate the velocity needed for a rocket to get to a L1 point (escape a body without orbiting)?
If launched from earth's equator, that would give 459 m/s of angular velocity. The moon rotates with 1024 m/s of velocity, so yes the rocket would need to 'add' 566 m/s in the rotational direction of the moon to simply 'Fall In'. However, I'm looking for the rest of the component, and I suspect that one would not need all 566 m/s if some fancy maneuvers were added.
Apr
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revised Rocket propelled by a giant monochromatic laser
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Mar
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comment How to calculate the velocity needed for a rocket to get to a L1 point (escape a body without orbiting)?
And, (finalish question) - if I got a small rocket precisely to L1 and used the surface rotation timing, how much velocity/energy would it take for lunar capture? Or would it just speed past the moon unless slowed down significantly? Would it need to get much closer to the moon than L1 to actually be captured with the KE from earth's rotation?
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accepted How to calculate the velocity needed for a rocket to get to a L1 point (escape a body without orbiting)?