# Question #5ba10

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#### Explanation:

If we apply Newton's law, the force due to gravity will be

The satellite moves in a circular orbit, and the centripetal force must be provided by the gravitational force. So for a stable orbit

So if the velocity is too high, then

The force of gravity is insufficient to maintain the satellite in a circular orbit and the satellite will "fly off into space" unless it can be directed into an orbit of lower radius.

Or seen another way, rearranging the above equations gives:

Since

If velocity is too low:

The force gravity exceeds the centripetal force required. Unless the orbit can be moved to a larger radius (reducing the force of gravity until the above are in equilibrium), the satellite will spiral in towards the earth.