Posted by Sara on .
if a satellite were to be launched with too little speed or too much speed then what would happen?
If a sattellite were to be launched with too much speed then the friction in the air would make it heat up to the point where it would burn up. Earth's gravity wouldn't be strong enough to keep it in orbit, so it could escape. If a sattellite were to be launched with too little speed, then it would become to slow to orbit around earth.
Any other information would be greatly appreciated, and please tell me if my looks correct, thank you in advance:-)
Exploring Space -
No all that is wrong.
If the satellte is injected into orbital insertion with too much velocity, gravity cant hold it into orbit, and is speed off away from Earth. If speed is too low, it falls into a decaying pattern and comes back to Earth.