Theoretically, I need to launch a rocket, and I need to find how much fuel I need to reach a velocity however I do not know the equation.

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    – user46782
    Mar 17 at 12:33

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You need to use the rocket equation:

$$\Delta V = v_e \cdot \ln(\frac{m_0}{m_f})$$

Where $\Delta V$ is the change in velocity in m/s
$v_e$ is the rocket exhaust velocity in m/s
$m_f$ is the empty mass of the rocket
$m_0$ is the mass of rocket plus all propellants

This is available in various forms and can be mathematically rearranged to suit. Alternatively there are many calculators available online such as this one:


Simply plug in some numbers and adjust to suit

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    Mar 8 at 17:56
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