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A satellite in Earth orbit experiences a small drag force as it starts to enter the Earth’s atmosphere. What happens to its speed? (Be careful!)

A satellite in Earth orbit experiences a small drag force as it starts to enter the Earth’s atmosphere. What happens to its speed? (Be careful!)

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Kevin Nash
askIITians Faculty 332 Points
7 years ago
It is given that a satellite in Earth’s orbit experiences a small drag force as it starts to enter the Earth’s atmosphere. As the drag force is small, the satellite enters the Earth’s atmosphere with much large force. This means it accelerates at a large value. It is known that an object falls towards the Earth at free-fall acceleration of the Earth. Thus, the satellite will uniformly accelerate and its speed will be enormous

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