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Why can't airplanes go as far as missiles?

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Franziska (8) from Oberschan SG wants to know why you can fly longer and further in space.

Motor aircraft and jet-propelled airliners travel at a speed of 200 to 1000 kilometers per hour (km / h) in the atmosphere of the earth. They only fly as long and as far as their fuel supply lasts. Rockets launch into space at a much faster rate. There is no air there that has a braking effect. Rockets do not need a propulsion system in space and therefore no longer consume any fuel. In theory, you can fly indefinitely.

Did you know?

  • The longest flights without a stopover are called non-stop flights.
  • The longest non-stop scheduled flight is from New York to Singapore. That's over 16,000 kilometers. There are 165,000 liters of fuel on board and the flight takes just under 19 hours.
  • Air Force One, the US President's aircraft, can fly for a week in an emergency without landing. It is refueled in the air.
  • Yuri Gagarin was the first person in space in 1961. The Russians used rockets to slow down the speed of his spaceship Vostok 1. It fell back to earth.
  • If a rocket launches at a speed of 7.9 kilometers per second (km / s), that is 28,440 km / h, it then orbits the earth like a satellite.
  • With a launch speed of 11.2 km / s, a rocket overcomes the gravitational pull and can travel to Mars, for example.
  • The rocket can leave the solar system at a speed of 42 km / s.

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