Team Number: 37
School Name: Las Cruces High School
Area of Science: Physics
Project Title: Mobile Asteroids
Objective: Is to find out approximately how much fuel and different materials that would be required to obtain an asteroid from a point in space, and be able to maneuver it's course into earth's orbit. From there we will be able to extract different materials from the asteroid. Such as hard metals, and possible gasses/fossil fuels. Our resources are coming from various web sites across the world. Some of the different equations we are using are: 3.986e14 m^3/s^2 (4e14) -- Gravitational constant times mass of Earth 7726 m/s (8000) -- Earth orbital velocity at 300 km altitude at/c = Ve/c * ln(MR) -- Relativistic rocket with exhaust velocity Ve and mass ratio d = d0 + vt + .5at^2 \ v = v0 + at | -- For constant acceleration v^2 = 2ad / delta V = 2 sqrt(GM/r) sin (phi/2) -- For changing velocity f=ma -- Force is mass times acceleration w=fd -- Work (energy) is force times distance These equations were gathered at NASA and will be used in our program with other equations.
The program will include these equations and would also include other equations in order to calculate the user's input. The URL's are as follows: http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/facts/faq04.html http://www.cv.nrao.edu/fits/www/astronomy Implementation: Using different mathematical formulas from different resources we will compile a very complex C++ program. This program will determine the amount of fuel, the distance, the time, weight, and all other factors that will affect the moving of the asteroid.