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Calculating Orbital Paths

Calculating Orbital Paths

Postby DDR » Fri Jun 18, 2010 5:28 am
Can I tell Wolfram|Alpha to compute the quickest way to get from Mercury to Neptune in the summer of 2020 given 8 days of acceleration at 9.8m/s?

This seems slightly pointless, but I'd like to explore (and hopefully duplicate) the process. I'd like to have a result or two to test against.


I'll be honest, I should have paid more attention in physics class.

Thank you.
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Re: Calculating Orbital Paths

Postby dotancohen » Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:33 am
Do you want to land on Neptune or crash on Neptune? You cannot accelerate the whole way on a Hoffman transfer orbit, but if you can turn your spaceship around and decelerate at Eg then you can safely land _and_ simulate gravity at the same time. It will take longer than 8 days though, and will put windows on your departure time that may be inconvenient.
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