A3_4 Jumping Into Orbit

Thomas Bradley, Michael Walker, Gregor McQuade, Lee Garland


The possibility of something (or someone) jumping from a moon or planet, directly into orbital motion, using only the initial thrust from the jump, is investigated. A physical model is created using IDL to plot paths of motion from a jump in order to do so. It was found that it is impossible to complete a full orbit of any body in space without landing or escaping gravitational pull.

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