[LEAPSECS] LEAPSECS Digest, Vol 48, Issue 13

Ian Batten igb at batten.eu.org
Thu Dec 16 16:00:19 EST 2010

On 12/16/10 05:57 PM, Finkleman, Dave wrote:

> A millisecond in Low Earth Orbit is a few kilometers,

Oh behave. Typical LEO velocity is about 8000m/s, so a millisecond is 8
meters. Which is rather less than "a few kilometers" I think you'll
agree. At one thousand kilometers per second (the lower bound of "a
few" kilometers per second) you could travel from the earth to the moon
in less than ten minutes. or to Jupiter in about a hundred hours. Week
to Jupiter, week back again: pretty handy for manned missions.


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