Rendezvous For Two

Imagine the challenge of getting the space shuttle to rendezvous with the International Space Station. Groups must determine the elliptical transfer orbit needed to get the space shuttle from its orbit to the orbit of the International Space Station. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide the class with instruction on writing the equations of circles and ellipses
Classroom Considerations

  • Class members must write the equations of all the orbits needed 
  • Groups will need access to a TI-Nspire handheld
  • The class should be comfortable with solving standard form of conics for y
  • Instructors needs to project the image because it is difficult to see on the handhelds
Pros

  • Includes an answer document
  • Points out that
Cons

  • The image is difficult to see on the handhelds