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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300

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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

Orbiting spacecraft contain internal gyroscopes that are used to control their orientation. (a) Apply the principle of conservation of angular momentum to determine the direction a spacecraft will rotate if an internal gyroscope begins to rotate in the counterclockwise direction. (b) How many mutually perpendicular gyroscopes with fixed axes of rotation are required to have full control over the spacecraft’s orientation?

(a)

To determine
The direction of rotation of the spacecraft.

Explanation

In order to preserve the law of conservation of angular momentum, when the gyroscope rotates in the counterclo...

(b)

To determine
The number of mutually perpendicular gyroscopes required.

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