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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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.
A satellite can have any of a number of orbit types--geostationary, 12-hour repeater, Miliya, sun-synchronous, frozen--depending on the purpose of the mission.
A Taurus XL rocket, also launched from Vandenberg, will deliver the OCO-2 satellite into a 705 km sun-synchronous polar orbit where it will join NASA's "A Train" constellation of Earth monitoring scientific satellites.
Its first rocket, Firefly Alpha, will be capable of lifting 400kg to a 400km equatorial orbit or 200kg to a 500km Sun-synchronous orbit.
Spaceflight's first dedicated rideshare mission, named the "2017 Sun Synch Express," will launch in the second half of 2017 to a sun-synchronous low Earth orbit which is popular for earth imaging satellites.
PTB-2, the second of the company's Payload Test Bed missions, is scheduled to launch into a sun-synchronous orbit on Spaceflight's SHERPA in-space transportation platform aboard a US commercial launch vehicle.
The Kwangmyongsong-3 also appears to have attained a sun-synchronous orbit, a type of path where a satellite travels from the north to south poles and passes over the same spot at roughly the same time each day.
Cheops will operate in a Sun-synchronous low-Earth orbit at an altitude of 800 km.
Operating in a sun-synchronous low Earth orbit, WISE is designed to scan the entire sky in infrared light, picking up the glow of hundreds of millions of objects and producing millions of images.
It will fly in a near-polar Sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude between 600km and 700km.
This international constellation of Earth-observing satellites circles the globe once every 98 minutes in a Sun-synchronous orbit that crosses the equator near 1: 30 p.
According to the scientist, the Long March-6 is designed to be a high-speed response launch vehicle and has minimum of one tonnes of sun-synchronous orbit payload.