sun-synchronous orbit


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sun-synchronous orbit

[′sən ¦siŋ·krə·nəs ′ȯr·bət]
(aerospace engineering)
An earth orbit of a spacecraft so that the craft is always in the same direction relative to that of the sun; as a result, the spacecraft passes over the equator at the same spots at the same times.
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With Diwata-2 on a sun-synchronous orbit, the DOST and its experts could do more monitoring of the country's vast islands and their conditions, she said.
The DubaiSat-2 was launched in 2013 through the Dnepr in Yasny Cosmodrome to circulate a sun-synchronous orbit, 600 km in altitude.
PTB-2, the second of the company's Payload Test Bed missions, is scheduled to launch into a sun-synchronous orbit on Spaceflight's SHERPA in-space transportation platform aboard a US commercial launch vehicle.
5 tonnes to sun-synchronous orbit at a height of 700 km.
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KazEOSat-1 will be put into sun-synchronous orbit (about 700 km from the Earth) by the European launcher "VEGA".
After a 617 sec burn, the Fregat upper stage delivered Sentinel into a Sun-synchronous orbit at 693 km altitude.
The NROL-65 object achieved a low-Earth, sun-synchronous orbit, typical for imaging satellites and the type of launches conducted at the Vandenberg site versus geosynchronous orbits that are used by broadcast satellites.
5 meter PAN in 700 km sun-synchronous orbit by the end of year 2011, which will be followed by a series of optical and SAR satellites in future.
However North Korea was sill blocked by China, Taiwan or the Philippines from direct access to a sun-synchronous orbit, requiring an inclination of about 97.
5 metre panchromatic camera (PAN) into a 700-km sun-synchronous orbit by the end of 2011.
Precession in the Sun-synchronous orbit keeps the orbit over Earth's day-night line, causing the great circles to sweep around the entire sky in 6 months.