P1_5 Combating Global Warming With Orbital Transfers

Luke Holmes, Christian Michelbach, Daniel Treacher


In this paper, the orbital radius required to cool the Earth by 2K is determined using the Stefan-Boltzmann Law. The delta-V required to achieve this new orbital radius using a Hohmann Transfer manoeuvre is then determined and the mass of fuel required for such a manoeuvre is determined using Tsiolkovsky’s rocket equation. The total mass of fuel required is found to be 0.04374 Earth masses. 

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