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How do satellites get into orbit?

June 30, 2020 2:37 pm

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Have you ever wondered how the satellites that provide all the useful information for your GPS actually make it into orbit? The cool part is that they have to go on a rocket ride to get there! To find out more about a Vehicle Tracking System, If you need a vehicle tracking system contact Vehicle accessories today.

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Most of the satellite launch rockets are aimed directly up. This allows it to shoot rocket through the densest atmosphere fast and keep fuel consumption to a minimum.

After the launch, the control mechanism is an inertial guidance system. This smart system makes calculations to adjust the rocket nozzle, keeping it on the right programmed flight plan.

The majority of rockets will launch in an easterly direction because of the Earth’s rotation, thus providing a handy boost for the rocket. The strength of this boost depends on the rotation speed of the planet where the rocket was launched. The best launch site is normally the equator.

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The boost achieved is around 144mph. This may not sound like a lot but 144mph does make a difference. The rocket and the satellite are very heavy, sometimes more than one million kilograms and require a heck of a lot of energy to launch and a lot of fuel. Having 144mph on your side is most certainly a helping hand!

At about 123 miles, the rocket hits thin air and it is here that the navigation system launches small rockets to change the main rocket into a horizontal position. This is the point where the satellite is released.

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