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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With Diwata-2 on a sun-synchronous orbit, the DOST and its experts could do more monitoring of the country's vast islands and their conditions, she said.
The DubaiSat-2 was launched in 2013 through the Dnepr in Yasny Cosmodrome to circulate a sun-synchronous orbit, 600 km in altitude.
The location, which has been used for suborbital flights by NASA in the past, can reach a wide range of inclinations from sun-synchronous through to 45 degrees.
aAthena and Alaska are ideal for sun-synchronous orbit missions like Earth imaging and remote sensing, and also well-suited for launching multiple small satellites on a single rocket.
Thus they contain Free Core Nutation (FCN), deficiencies of the model used, and also so called Sun-synchronous (prograde annual) term, part of the IAU 2000 model which is supposed to account for the atmospheric effects.
KazEOSat-1 will be put into sun-synchronous orbit (about 700 km from the Earth) by the European launcher "VEGA".
After a 617 sec burn, the Fregat upper stage delivered Sentinel into a Sun-synchronous orbit at 693 km altitude.
The NROL-65 object achieved a low-Earth, sun-synchronous orbit, typical for imaging satellites and the type of launches conducted at the Vandenberg site versus geosynchronous orbits that are used by broadcast satellites.
5 meter PAN in 700 km sun-synchronous orbit by the end of year 2011, which will be followed by a series of optical and SAR satellites in future.
The Japanese satellite now known as Hinode is in a sun-synchronous orbit, and the information about the sun it has been sending back has been the fulcrum of annual conferences since the satellite was launched in 2006.
5 metre panchromatic camera (PAN) into a 700-km sun-synchronous orbit by the end of 2011.
Simultaneously launched by the same launch vehicle will be JAXA's GCOM-W (Global Change Observation Mission - Water), which is to undertake water-related observation from the sun-synchronous orbit.