orbital plane


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orbital plane

[′ȯr·bəd·əl ′plān]
(mechanics)
The plane which contains the orbit of a body or particle in a central force field; it passes through the center of force.
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There might be orbital resonances among stars with different m values even though their orbital planes have quite different orientations.
It will stand under European Union control and will, once in full operation in 2011, consist of 30 satellites in three orbital planes.
Earth-size planets whose orbital planes are aligned such that they periodically pass in front of their stars result in tiny dimmings of their host star's light dimmings that can only be measured by a highly specialized space telescope like Kepler.
For Ellipso 2G, MCHI plans to launch and operate 26 non-geostationary spacecraft arrayed in five orbital planes in two subconstellations.
The GPS constellation consists of 24 operational satellites in six orbital planes to provide worldwide coverage.
These satellites are equipped with onboard cesium clocks and orbit the earth in six orbital planes at an altitude of 20,200 kilometers.
So, although it is not in the orbital planes of Venus and Mars when it is as those planets' distances from the sun, the asteroid is approximately in plane when it crosses Earth's orbit, Holt says.
The Galileo project, jointly initiated by the European Union and the European Space Agency, aims to launch a series of Medium Earth Orbit satellites in three orbital planes at 20 000 km, monitored by a network of ground control stations, to provide world-wide navigation services.
They will be in two orbital planes that cross at a 90-degree angle.
Because the 66 satellites of the IRIDIUM constellation will be placed in six different orbital planes, the launch site must be directly below the position that the satellites will be placed.
A satellite-based cellular telecommunications system having the satellites disposed in three orbital planes below 10,000 nautical miles with the orbits of the satellites being evenly spaced and inclined about the earth and where at least one satellite is visible to the mobile telephone at a minimum elevation angle of 10 degrees;
The ICO system will be made up of 10 operating Hughes HS-601 spacecraft, plus two spares, in two intermediate circular orbital planes at 6,430 miles above the Earth.