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Homework Help: Algebra URGENT! Conic sections

Posted by hanna on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6:55am.

A spacecraft is in a circular orbit 150 kilometers above Earth. Once it attains the velocity needed to escape the Earth's gravity, the spacecraft will follow a parabolic path with the center of Earth as focus. Suppose the spacecraft reaches escape velocity above the North Pole. Write an equation to model the parabolic path of the spacecraft, assuming that the center of Earth is at the origin and the radius of Earth is 6400 kilometers.

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