Ariane 5 will be at the ready for this mission, once again confirming its role as the champion for launches toward geostationary
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the payload - Hispasat 30W-6 - would "be the largest geostationary
satellite we've ever flown."
With a focus on desert dust, biomass burning, and other anthropogenic pollutants over northeast Asia, researchers utilized data from the Geostationary
Ocean Color Imager on the Korea Aerospace Research Institute's Communication, Ocean, and Meteorology Satellite (COMS) currently monitoring that region.
While INSAT-3DR will be positioned in geostationary
orbit and is expected to be ready by June 2015, GISAT is still in the preparatory stage.
Thanks to their high altitude, just three geostationary
satellites can cover the entire earth while they are on a communication mission in unison, at any given time.
The satellite has been steadily approaching the designated point on its geostationary
orbit, a company spokesman said earlier.
EGNOS is used in Europe to improve airport access for aviation and consists of a range of geostationary
satellites and a network of ground reference stations.
Even though there may be a gap in backup coverage, NOAA has not established adequate continuity plans for its geostationary
Naval Department publication, presents research on current work to build and operate smaller satellites with current technology for use near geostationary
Since the 1980s, however, most launch vehicles have been optimized to send payloads to a "geostationary
transfer orbit," with a low perigee and an apogee near 22,240 miles (35,800 km), to serve the communications-satellite industry.
Thales TopFlight SDU will use the SwiftBroadband service provided by Inmarsat's 14 geostationary
satellites to route calls and data to the ground.