asked • 12/30/17

Doubt in the concept of a question on gravitation and satellites

Two satellites of same mass m are revolving around earth(M) in same orbit of radius r. Rotational directions of the 2 satellites are opposite, therefore they can collide. Total mechanical energy of the system (both satellites and earth) is (m<<M) __?
My doubts: 1)Does the rotation of the satellites need to be opposite?
2)What happened to the effect of one satellite on other? Won't that affect the total energy?

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Philip P. answered • 12/30/17

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