sun-synchronous orbit

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sun-synchronous orbit

[′sən ¦siŋ·krə·nəs ′ȯr·bət]
(aerospace engineering)
An earth orbit of a spacecraft so that the craft is always in the same direction relative to that of the sun; as a result, the spacecraft passes over the equator at the same spots at the same times.
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11] TABLE II MAJOR SPECIFICATIONS OF SPACE SEGMENT OF IRS-1C Type three axis, body stabilized remote sensing satellite Orbit polar, sun synchronous, 817 km altitude with equatorial crossing time of 10:30 AM, in descending node Repetivity 341 orbits/24 days Revisit capability 5 days Thermal Control Temperature ([degrees]) 20[+ or -]3 for payload; 2[+ or -]2 for batteries and 0 to 40 for electronics package Data Handling PAN LISS-III Data rate (Mbps) 84.
26 am on Wednesday and put them on a 505 km sun synchronous orbit one after the other.
TOMS-EP will fly in a sun synchronous, polar orbit of about 312 miles (500 kilometers).
After a flight of about 16 minutes, the satellites achieved a polar Sun Synchronous Orbit of 505 km inclined at an angle of 97.
Since Oceansat-2 is a continuity mission to Oceansat-1, the same polar sun synchronous orbit of 720 kilometres has been retained.
Of the eight satellites carried by PSLV-C35, SCATSAT-1 is launched into a 730 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) inclined at an angle of 98.
After a flight of 16 minutes 56 seconds, the vehicle achieved a polar Sun Synchronous Orbit of 724 km inclined at an angle of 98.
The CARTOSAT-2 series of satellite, weighing 727 kg, is placed in a sun synchronous orbit with a designed mission life of 5 years.
The vehicle has repeatedly proved its reliability and versatility by successfully launching satellites into a variety of orbits including polar Sun Synchronous, Geosynchronous Transfer and Low Earth orbits of small inclination thereby emerging as the workhorse launch vehicle of India.
In addition, Athena RideShare missions planned for 2015 and 2016 from Kodiak Launch Complex can accommodate 24 P-PODs or a mix of 3U, 6U and 12U CubeSat containerized payloads, vastly expanding launch opportunities for these very small satellites to sun synchronous orbits.