geostationary satellite


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geostationary satellite

[¦jē·ō¦stā·shə‚ner·ē ′sad·əl‚īt]
(aerospace engineering)
A satellite that follows a circular orbit in the plane of the earth's equator from west to east at such a speed as to remain fixed over a given place on the equator at an altitude of 22,280 miles (35,860 kilometers).
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The researchers noted that the geostationary satellites can measure levels of smoke, dust, and other harmful pollution at various altitudes--known as aerosol optical depth--every hour and in high resolution.
8 Ariane 5 launches for 14 geostationary satellites (GEO), including two government satellites (Eumetsat), with more than half of these contracts open to competition, and one special contract for the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) on behalf of ESA, within the scope of collaboration with NASA,
MIT researchers are investigating the effects of space weather - like solar flares, geomagnetic storms and other forms of electromagnetic radiation - on geostationary satellites, which provide much of the world's access to cable television, Internet services and global communications.
0, Atmel's GPS chipset is now capable of receiving SBAS (Satellite Based Augmentation Systems) signals from multiple geostationary satellites such as WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) in the USA or EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigational Overlay System) in Europe simultaneously.
net, uses geostationary satellites already orbiting the earth above the equator.
The specifications, which were developed together with the US Telecommunications Industry Association and evolved largely from the GSM standard, include many new features such as direct terminal-to-terminal calls that adapt and enhance the GSM radio interface to make it operate efficiently over geostationary satellites.

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