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1 P5a(ii) Satellites, Gravity and Circular Motion You will find out about The uses of artificial satellites Low Polar Orbit satellites

2 Satellites Transmitter sends information to a satellite. It receives and amplifies the signal. It then re-transmits that transmission to somewhere on Earth Uses of Artificial Satellites: Increased reliability of Weather Forecasting Military (including spying!) Space – can take better quality pictures of celestial objects Global Positioning System (GPS) to locate position of cars, boats and aeroplanes Here are satellite images pre and post the 2011 Japanese tsunami. The red indicates plant life. You can see that after the tsunami many plants were gone as there is less red.

3 Low Polar Orbit (LPO) Satellites We recently learned about Geostationary satellites which orbit the Earth’s equator at 36,000km. Low Polar Orbit Satellites orbit the poles of the Earth at a height of km. Their orbit is usually 90 minutes As the Low Polar Orbit Satellite orbits around the poles it is able to image one circumference of the Earth every 90 minutes. In a 24 hour period it can map the entire Earth. Uses of Low-Polar Orbit Satellites: Short-range weather forecasting. As the satellite is much closer it can only map a small area of Earth. Can use infra-red imaging to forecast local temperatures. Detailed images of the Earth’s surface due to the satellite being much closer to the Earth. Military can use LPO Satellites to track aeroplanes, boats and any other moving object. REMEMBER: Low Polar Orbit satellite so- called because it orbits at a low height!!

4 Geostationary vs Low Polar Orbit Low Polar Orbit Satellites are very close to the Earth compared to Geostationary satellites. So images are much clearer and sharper. Also small objects can be tracked. Small temperature fluctuations can be detected using infra-red imaging. Geostationary Satellites observe a larger area of the Earth. So satellites can be used for longer term weather patterns Also this means that TV and radio signals can be broadcast all around the Earth. Low Polar Orbit Satellites orbit here. So their ability to broadcast signals is limited. Geostationary Satellites can map out a large surface area of Earth so they can try to predict LONG TERM weather forecasting Low Polar Orbit Satellites only map out a small surface area so their imaging is very local and can only be used for SHORT TERM weather forecasting.

5 Further Comparisons REMEMBER: this is the centripetal force As Geostationary satellites ALL have to be 36,000km above the Earth they all exist in a very crowded space. Enlarge this image to see all the names of Geostationary satellites! REMEMBER: If geostationary Satellite is NOT at 36,000km then the orbital period would NOT be 24 hours.

6 Questions years ago weather forecasting was very difficult. How has it improved since then? 2.What is the point of a GPS system? 3.Geostationary satellites orbit much further than Low Polar Orbit satellites. Why? 4.Calculate the speed of a typical Low Polar Orbit satellite. (Hint: the Earth’s radius is 6,400km) 5.Calculate the period of a typical Geostationary satellite.

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