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Reasons behind Rockets trajectory curve when they fly into space instead of going straight up

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A rocket is something that can send people and stuff into space. It’s that thin, cylindrical, very tall vehicle that launches from the launch pad, leaving a humongous cloud of smoke in its wake View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

Rockets are launched vertically with a tremendous amount of upward thrust, thanks to their own engines and the solid boosters attached to them Following the launch, the rocket’s climb is initially slow but by the end of the first minute into the ascent, the rocket is moving at a staggering 1,000 mph (1,609 kmph) View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

While flying through the sky, a rocket loses a great deal of its energy as a result of air resistance, and it needs to make sure that it attains a high enough altitude when most of its fuel is used up. That’s why a rocket initially flies straight up very fast, as it needs to cross the thickest part of the atmosphere in the least possible distance. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

To enter orbit, a rocket begins to tilt onto its side at first, and gradually increases this tilt until it achieves an elliptical orbit around Earth. That being said, attaining a proper orbital path is not easy; it comes at the cost of huge quantities fuel that are exhausted to attain an incredible horizontal velocity of 28,968 kmph (18,000 mph) so If a rocket just flew straight up, then it would fall right back down to Earth when it ran out of fuel! View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

This steering technique is known as a gravity turn, which uses Earth's gravity to help conserve rocket fuel and minimize stress and strain on the spacecraft.This works by rotating the spacecraft until its heavier side is facing down to help curve its flight into orbit.

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Hardey12 · 07/7/2020
Hmm nice, I thought as much

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