problem 2 an earth satellite is tracked from ground stations and is ob
An earth satellite is tracked from ground stations and is observed to have an altitude of 2200 km, a
velocity magnitude 7 km/s and a radial velocity of 2.7 km/s. Determine: a) the total orbital energy per unit
mass b) the orbital eccentricity e c) the minimum altitude and the maximum speed and d) the true
anomalies at the observed position and at the point of maximum speed. e) Identify any potential
difficulties with the orbit.
(Answers: -22 MJ/kg, 0.389, -835km & 10 km/s, 105.3deg & 0 deg, crash into Earth)
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