Knots to Meters Per Second Conversion

Enter the speed in knots below to get the value converted to meters per second.

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1 kn = 0.514444 m/s

How to Convert Knots to Meters Per Second

Speedometers are used in vehicles to measure speed

To convert a knot measurement to a meter per second measurement, multiply the speed by the conversion ratio. One knot is equal to 0.514444 meters per second, so use this simple formula to convert:

meters per second = knots × 0.514444

The speed in meters per second is equal to the knots multiplied by 0.514444.

For example, here's how to convert 5 knots to meters per second using the formula above.
5 kn = (5 × 0.514444) = 2.572222 m/s

Knots and meters per second are both units used to measure speed. Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.

Knots

One knot is equal to a speed of one nautical mile per hour,[1] or one minute of latitude per hour.

Knots can be abbreviated as kn, and are also sometimes abbreviated as kt. For example, 1 knot can be written as 1 kn or 1 kt.

Meters Per Second

Meters per second are a measurement of speed expressing the distance travelled in meters in one second.

The meter per second, or metre per second, is the SI derived unit for speed in the metric system. Meters per second can be abbreviated as m/s, and are also sometimes abbreviated as m/sec. For example, 1 meter per second can be written as 1 m/s or 1 m/sec.

Meters per second can be expressed using the formula:
vm/s = dmtsec

The velocity in meters per second is equal to the distance in meters divided by time in seconds.

Knot to Meter Per Second Conversion Table

Knot measurements converted to meters per second
Knots Meters Per Second
1 kn 0.514444 m/s
2 kn 1.0289 m/s
3 kn 1.5433 m/s
4 kn 2.0578 m/s
5 kn 2.5722 m/s
6 kn 3.0867 m/s
7 kn 3.6011 m/s
8 kn 4.1156 m/s
9 kn 4.63 m/s
10 kn 5.1444 m/s
11 kn 5.6589 m/s
12 kn 6.1733 m/s
13 kn 6.6878 m/s
14 kn 7.2022 m/s
15 kn 7.7167 m/s
16 kn 8.2311 m/s
17 kn 8.7456 m/s
18 kn 9.26 m/s
19 kn 9.7744 m/s
20 kn 10.29 m/s
21 kn 10.8 m/s
22 kn 11.32 m/s
23 kn 11.83 m/s
24 kn 12.35 m/s
25 kn 12.86 m/s
26 kn 13.38 m/s
27 kn 13.89 m/s
28 kn 14.4 m/s
29 kn 14.92 m/s
30 kn 15.43 m/s
31 kn 15.95 m/s
32 kn 16.46 m/s
33 kn 16.98 m/s
34 kn 17.49 m/s
35 kn 18.01 m/s
36 kn 18.52 m/s
37 kn 19.03 m/s
38 kn 19.55 m/s
39 kn 20.06 m/s
40 kn 20.58 m/s

References

  1. NASA, Knots Versus Miles per Hour, https://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/WindTunnel/Activities/knots_vs_mph.html