Orbital Properties of Planets and Satellites – Practice


1) Calculate the orbital speed of a geostationary satellite:


2) The Hubble space telescope has an altitude above Earth’s surface of 540km. Calculate its:

a) orbital period:

b) orbital velocity:


Quick Answers:

1) 3075 m/s (11073 km/hr)

2a) 5742 sec (95.7 min)    b) 7594.1 m/s  (27339 km/hr)

Worked Answers: