# Kilometers Per Second to Feet Per Second Converter

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## Conversion Table

 kilometers per second to feet per second km/s fps 1 km/s 3280.8399 fps 2 km/s 6561.6798 fps 3 km/s 9842.5197 fps 4 km/s 13123.3596 fps 5 km/s 16404.1995 fps 6 km/s 19685.0394 fps 7 km/s 22965.8793 fps 8 km/s 26246.7192 fps 9 km/s 29527.5591 fps 10 km/s 32808.399 fps 11 km/s 36089.2388 fps 12 km/s 39370.0787 fps 13 km/s 42650.9186 fps 14 km/s 45931.7585 fps 15 km/s 49212.5984 fps 16 km/s 52493.4383 fps 17 km/s 55774.2782 fps 18 km/s 59055.1181 fps 19 km/s 62335.958 fps 20 km/s 65616.7979 fps

## How to convert

1 kilometer per second (km/s) = 3280.839895 foot per second (fps). Kilometer Per Second (km/s) is a unit of Speed used in Metric system. Foot Per Second (fps) is a unit of Speed used in Standard system.

## Kilometers per second: A unit of speed

Kilometers per second (km/s) is a unit of speed or velocity in the International System of Units (SI). It measures how fast an object is moving by calculating the distance traveled in kilometers divided by the time taken in seconds. For example, if a rocket travels 10 kilometers in 5 seconds, its speed is 2 km/s.

## How to convert kilometers per second

Kilometers per second can be converted to other units of speed or velocity by using simple conversion factors. Here are some common units and their conversion factors:

• Meters per second (m/s): To convert from km/s to m/s, multiply by 1000. To convert from m/s to km/s, divide by 1000. For example, 2 km/s is equal to 2000 m/s, and 500 m/s is equal to 0.5 km/s.
• Kilometers per hour (km/h): To convert from km/s to km/h, multiply by 3600. To convert from km/h to km/s, divide by 3600. For example, 2 km/s is equal to 7200 km/h, and 100 km/h is equal to 0.028 km/s.
• Miles per hour (mph): To convert from km/s to mph, multiply by 2236.94. To convert from mph to km/s, divide by 2236.94. For example, 2 km/s is equal to 4473.88 mph, and 60 mph is equal to 0.027 km/s.
• Knots (kn): To convert from km/s to kn, multiply by 1943.84. To convert from kn to km/s, divide by 1943.84. For example, 2 km/s is equal to 3887.68 kn, and 30 kn is equal to 0.015 km/s.
• Feet per second (ft/s): To convert from km/s to ft/s, multiply by 3280.84. To convert from ft/s to km/s, divide by 3280.84. For example, 2 km/s is equal to 6561.68 ft/s, and 100 ft/s is equal to 0.03 km/s.
• Miles per second (mi/s): To convert from km/s to mi/s, multiply by 0.621371. To convert from mi/s to km/s, divide by 0.621371. For example, 2 km/s is equal to 1.24 mi/s, and 1 mi/s is equal to 1.61 km/s.

## Where kilometers per second are used

Kilometers per second are mainly used in astronomy and space science to measure the speed or velocity of celestial bodies and spacecrafts.

For example, the Earth orbits the Sun at an average speed of about 30 km/s.

The Moon orbits the Earth at an average speed of about 1 km/s.

The International Space Station orbits the Earth at an average speed of about 7.66 km/s.

The Voyager 1 spacecraft, which is the farthest human-made object from Earth, travels at a speed of about 17 km/s.

The speed of light in a vacuum is about 300000 km/s.

## Definition of kilometers per second

According to the SI definition, one kilometer per second is the speed of a body that covers a distance of one kilometer in a time of one second.

Mathematically, it can be expressed as:

where v is the speed or velocity in kilometers per second, s is the distance traveled in kilometers, and t is the time taken in seconds.

## History of kilometers per second

The concept of speed or velocity has been studied since ancient times by philosophers and scientists such as Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, etc.

The kilometer was originally defined in 1793 by the French Academy of Sciences as one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator to the North Pole along a meridian through Paris.

The second was originally defined in terms of the Earth’s rotation as one eighty-six thousand four hundredth of a mean solar day.

The combination of these two units resulted in the kilometer per second as a unit of speed or velocity.

The kilometer per second was officially adopted as part of the SI system in 1960.

## Example conversions of kilometers per second to other units

Here are some examples of converting kilometers per second to other units of speed or velocity:

• 1 km/s =1000 m/s = 3600 km/h = 2236.94 mph = 1943.84 kn = 3280.84 ft/s = 0.62 mi/s
• 2 km/s = 2000 m/s = 7200 km/h = 4473.88 mph = 3887.68 kn = 6561.68 ft/s = 1.24 mi/s
• 5 km/s = 5000 m/s = 18000 km/h = 11184.7 mph = 9721.92 kn = 16404.2 ft/s = 3.11 mi/s
• 10 km/s = 10000 m/s = 36000 km/h = 22369.4 mph = 19438.4 kn = 32808.4 ft/s = 6.21 mi/s
• 20 km/s = 20000 m/s = 72000 km/h = 44738.8 mph = 38876.8 kn = 65616.8 ft/s = 12.43 mi/s
• 50 km/s = 50000 m/s = 180000 km/h = 111847 mph = 97219.2 kn = 164042 ft/s = 31.07 mi/s
• 100 km/s = 100000 m/s = 360000 km/h = 223694 mph = 194384 kn = 328084 ft/s = 62.14 mi/s
Kilometers per second also can be marked as km/s and kilometres per second(alternative British English spelling in UK).

## Feet per second: A unit of speed

Feet per second (ft/s) is a unit of speed or velocity in the US customary and imperial systems. It measures how fast an object is moving by calculating the distance traveled in feet divided by the time taken in seconds. For example, if a person walks 10 feet in 2 seconds, their speed is 5 ft/s.

## How to convert feet per second

Feet per second can be converted to other units of speed or velocity by using simple conversion factors. Here are some common units and their conversion factors:

• Meters per second (m/s): To convert from ft/s to m/s, multiply by 0.3048. To convert from m/s to ft/s, divide by 0.3048. For example, 1 ft/s is equal to 0.3048 m/s, and 10 m/s is equal to 32.8084 ft/s.
• Kilometers per hour (km/h): To convert from ft/s to km/h, multiply by 1.09728. To convert from km/h to ft/s, divide by 1.09728. For example, 1 ft/s is equal to 1.09728 km/h, and 50 km/h is equal to 45.8734 ft/s.
• Miles per hour (mph): To convert from ft/s to mph, multiply by 0.681818. To convert from mph to ft/s, divide by 0.681818. For example, 1 ft/s is equal to 0.681818 mph, and 30 mph is equal to 44 ft/s.
• Knots (kn): To convert from ft/s to kn, multiply by 0.592484. To convert from kn to ft/s, divide by 0.592484. For example, 1 ft/s is equal to 0.592484 kn, and 15 kn is equal to 25.3281 ft/s.
• Inches per second (in/s): To convert from ft/s to in/s, multiply by 12. To convert from in/s to ft/s, divide by 12. For example, 1 ft/s is equal to 12 in/s, and 20 in/s is equal to 1.66667 ft/s.
• Miles per second (mi/s): To convert from ft/s to mi/s, multiply by 0.000189394. To convert from mi/s to ft/s, divide by 0.000189394. For example, 1 ft/s is equal to 0.000189394 mi/s, and 1 mi/s is equal to 5280 ft/s.

## Where feet per second are used

Feet per second are mainly used in engineering and aviation to measure the speed or velocity of machines and aircrafts.

For example, the speed of sound in air at sea level is about 343 m/s or about 1125 ft/s.

The maximum speed of a Boeing 747 jet airliner is about 988 km/h or about 2717 ft/s.

The average speed of a bullet fired from a handgun is about 1200 ft/s.

## Definition of feet per second

According to the US customary and imperial systems definition, one foot per second is the speed of a body that covers a distance of one foot in a time of one second.

Mathematically, it can be expressed as:

where v is the speed or velocity in feet per second, s is the distance traveled in feet, and t is the time taken in seconds.

## History of feet per second

The concept of speed or velocity has been studied since ancient times by philosophers and scientists such as Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, etc.

The foot was originally derived from the Roman foot which was defined as one third of a yard or about 11.65 inches.

The second was originally defined in terms of the Earth’s rotation as one eighty-six thousand four hundredth of a mean solar day.

The combination of these two units resulted in the foot per second as a unit of speed or velocity.

The foot per second was officially adopted as part of the US customary and imperial systems in the late 18th century.

## Example conversions of feet per second to other units

Here are some examples of converting feet per second to other units of speed or velocity:

1 ft/s = 0.3048 m/s = 1.09728 km/h = 0.681818 mph = 0.592484 kn = 12 in/s = 0.000189394 mi/s
2 ft/s = 0.6096 m/s = 2.19456 km/h = 1.36364 mph = 1.18497 kn = 24 in/s = 0.000378788 mi/s
5 ft/s = 1.524 m/s = 5.4864 km/h = 3.40909 mph = 2.96241 kn = 60 in/s = 0.00094697 mi/s
10 ft/s = 3.048 m/s = 10.9728 km/h = 6.81818 mph = 5.92482 kn = 120 in/s = 0.00189394 mi/s
20 ft/s = 6.096 m/s = 21.9456 km/h = 13.6364 mph = 11.8496 kn = 240 in/s = 0.00378788 mi/s
50 ft/s = 15.24 m/s = 54.864 km/h = 34.0909 mph = 29.6241 kn = 600 in/s = 0.0094697 mi/s
100 ft/s = 30.48 m/s = 109.728 km/h = 68.1818 mph = 59.2482 kn = 1200 in/s = 0.0189394 mi/s

Foot per second also can be marked as fps.

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