Reply to post: Re: Better get it right

Ariane 5 primed for second launch of year after trajectory cockup

imanidiot Silver badge

Re: Better get it right

Straight upwards?? Not really. If it's going to orbit it'd better be going pretty much horizontal by the time it reaches 70 to 80 km altitude. Being in orbit doesn't mean going far enough ^^ that way. It means going fast enough ---> that way. (Or <----) Doing it high enough to be out of atmosphere just means you keep going around instead of slowing down again.

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