low earth orbit

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low Earth orbit

(LEO) An orbit around the Earth of a satellite, etc., at an altitude of less than 5500 km.

low earth orbit

(communications)
(LEO) The kind of orbit used by communications satellites that will offer high bandwidth for video on demand, television, and Internet communications. A satellite in LEO, in contrast to one in a geostationary orbit, is not in a fixed position relative to the Earth's surface so several satellites are required to provide continuous service.

[Ovum report, "Applications for the superhighway", John Moroney].
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To place the spacecraft in a circular orbit around the Moon by orbit raising manoeuvres from a near Earth orbit.
One of the basic objectives was to design and build a complex spacecraft with capacity to carry 11 scientific payloads, launch it in a near earth orbit, and then raise its orbit from 22,000 km to 3,84,000 km, so that it reaches a circular orbit around the moon.
As a scientist he led the project that created India's first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully injected India's Rohini satellite in the near earth orbit in July 1980.
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