stationary orbit


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stationary orbit

Short for geostationary orbit. See geosynchronous orbit.

stationary orbit

[′stā·shə‚ner·ē ′ȯr·bət]
(aerospace engineering)
A circular, equatorial orbit in which the satellite revolves about the primary body at the angular rate at which the primary body rotates on its axis; from the primary body, the satellite thus appears to be stationary over a point on the primary body; a stationary orbit must be synchronous, but the reverse need not be true.
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The satellite should have been located in a stationary orbit 23,000 miles above central Africa.
Clarke published a remarkable paper in Wireless World entitled "Extraterrestrial Relays." In his prophetic work, Clarke described a microwave communications system based upon the use of three satellites in stationary orbit over the earth.
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Meanwhile, over a four-day period the DRTS will switch from an elliptical orbit to a stationary orbit at 36,000 km above the Indian Ocean.
He said the satellite is being moved from geo synchronous transfer orbit to geo stationary orbit at 36000 kms.