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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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Textbook Problem

One of the first ion engines on a commercial satellite used Xenon as a propellant and could eject the ionized gas at a rate of 3.03 × 10−6 kg/s with an exhaust speed of 3.04 × 104 m/s. What instantaneous thrust could the engine provide?

To determine
The instantaneous thrust of a rocket engine.

Explanation

Given Info: The rate of change of mass is ΔM/Δt=3.03×106kg/s and exhaust speed of an engine is ve=3.04×104m/s .

Explanation:

The expression for thrust is

T=|veΔmΔt| (1)

Substitute 3.03×106kg/s for ΔM/Δt and 3

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