Calculating the Speed to Get to Low Earth Orbit (and Other Calculations)

Image: Rhett Allain. Calculating orbital velocity.

I was rather disappointed when I did an internet search for “speed to low earth orbit” and didn’t get an answer right away. Fine, let’s fix that. I’m going to go through all the calculations for orbits and stuff. The answers will be right here at the top with the calculations (and more) below.

  • What speed do you need to get to low Earth orbit…

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