polar orbit

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polar orbit

A satellite orbit that passes over the north and south poles of the Earth or of some other Solar-System body.

polar orbit

[′pō·lər ′ȯr·bət]
(aerospace engineering)
A satellite orbit running north and south, so the satellite vehicle orbits over both the North Pole and the South Pole.
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The polar orbits of the JPSS satellites will let them observe the entire earth twice each day.
Visit the NASA Space Place to learn more about polar orbits as well as geostationary orbits: https://spaceplace.
Alaska - not industry-guru Florida - is particularly prime to provide polar launch service, as launches into low polar orbit are more efficient at high latitudes.
The facility, located on Kodiak Island's Narrow Cape, 40 miles southeast of Kodiak City, will launch small- to medium-sized rockets carrying satellite payloads of up to 8,000 pounds into polar orbit.
Because Iridium has polar orbits incorporated into its Low Earth Orbit constellation, those areas unreachable by geostationary systems are now covered.