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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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