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Satellites and Circular Orbit

Communication satellites are placed in a circular orbit that is 3.59 x 10^7 m above the surface of the earth. What is the magnitude of the acceleration due to gravity at this distance?

Solution Summary

This solution determines the magnitude of acceleration of the satellite due to gravity using variables of height above the surface of the Earth, gravitational constant and radius of the Earth. All steps are shown with brief explanations for clear understanding.