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  • Diagram showing the forces acting on a rocket during lift-off.
    Rights: © Copyright. 2011. University of Waikato. All Rights Reserved. Published 30 November 2011 Size: 88 KB Referencing Hub media

    A rocket has three main forces acting on it during lift-off. The resultant force is the sum of these. The rocket will speed up (or slow down) in the direction of the resultant force.

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