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Questions tagged [gravity-turn]

Questions regarding the tilting of a rocket to gain horizontal velocity once the drag is low enough.

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Was the gravity turn used in early spaceflight?

Reading through the Wikipedia article about Gravity Turn, specifically the Use in spaceflight section, it seems that the Gravity Turn was not used in early spaceflight. Is that correct? For example, ...
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Would a lunar or interstellar rocket use a gravity turn on take-off, today?

Is a gravity turn only used for rockets interested in orbit or a gravitational slingshot? From this answer it sounds like Apollo 11 only used a gravity turn for the crew to maneuver. Are there ...
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How are rockets gimballed to produce a gravity turn for the space shuttle?

I'm trying to simulate a gravity turn using a gimbaled thruster. I'm using the dynamical system described in a previous post of mine to execute a gravity turn by changing the angle $\phi_T$ between ...
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Are 'classical' gravity turns still used and recognizable as such?

If I understand correctly, the term 'gravity turn' refers to a specific way to turn from the initial near-vertical launch direction to a final tangential orbit direction in an efficient manner. It's ...