Behaviour and Use of Satellites

Satellites crop up in all specifications in some form or another and also provide a nice opportunity to focus on the importance of the British satellite industry as highlighted in several of the resources. These resources are designed to help introduce the types of satellites and their uses. The first video from NASA provides a nice introduction to the common parts and those that that follow provide some detail of individual satellites and projects. The last resources provides some questions that, whilst rather dated, help explore some of the behaviours of satellites and look to connect the orbit heights and times.

The study of satellites will inevitably overlap with the study of circular motion and so you may want to look at the list of resources on Circular Motion as well

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