Slightly off -- topic question about rocket engines

From: Jonathan T Wojack (
Date: Tue Jul 02 2002 - 14:37:42 EDT

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    I had a question concerning the Delta V. of modern rocket engines, which
    I hope isn't too much off -- topic.  Could a satellite's rocket engines
    provide enough thrust to develop a Delta V. of 10 kilometers per second
    while operating in Earth orbit or deep space?  Assume a vehicle with a
    mass between 20 and 50 kilograms, which includes the mass of the engine
    and the payload (I'm making this on the conservative side, because this
    is a theoretical problem only).
    If you think this topic is off -- topic, then please respond to me by
    private e-mail.
    Jonathan Wojack
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