P3_5 Fly Me To A Stop

Oliver Chatwin, Josh Holtom, Adriana Iorga, Saffron Tyler


We investigate the effect of Voyager 1’s gravity assist (or fly by) on the planet Jupiter. We consider the interaction as an elastic collision and use the conservation of energy and momentum to calculate Jupiter’s change in velocity following the flyby. We determine that after each gravity assist the velocity decreases by 2.229·10−23% and therefore, after 4.350·1024 gravity assists Jupiter's velocity will reach 0ms−1 .

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