synchronous orbit


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synchronous orbit

(sink -rŏ-nŭs) An orbit made by an artificial satellite that has a period equal to the period of rotation of the orbited body. See also geosynchronous orbit.

synchronous orbit

[′siŋ·krə·nəs ′ȯr·bət]
(aerospace engineering)
An orbit in which a satellite makes a limited number of equatorial crossing points which are then repeated in synchronism with some defined reference (usually earth or sun).
Commonly, the equatorial, circular, 24-hour case in which the satellite appears to hover over a specific point of the earth.
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The Red Planet's elevator, which would travel between the surface of Mars and a Mars synchronous orbit, could be constructed in Earth's orbit.
Although a near synchronous orbit was achieved, radio contact with Earth was lost the same day.
About 17 minutes 18 seconds after the lift off, the Cartosat-2 series will be separated and injected into its 505 km sun synchronous orbit. The Cartosat-2 has been designed to stay in its orbit for five years."The micro satellite will be India's 100th satellite in space,"ISRO Satellite Centre Director M Annadurai said.
Clarke imagined using such "hyperfilaments" to construct an elevator to a tethered space station in synchronous orbit around Earth.
In its 46th flight, the launch vehicle placed the 740-kg primary satellite Microsat-R, an imaging satellite meant for military purposes, in a 274-km polar sun synchronous orbit along with the Kalamsat.
Both the British satellites that weigh around 889 kgs, were launched into a 583 km Sun Synchronous Orbit.
Both also move in an unusually synchronous orbit - each always presents the same face to the other as they rotate.
The TanSat satellite, launched on board a Long March-2D rocket, was sent to a sun synchronous orbit roughly 435 miles from the surface of Earth.
Both the British satellites that weigh around 889 kgs, will be launched into a 583 km Sun Synchronous Orbit.
Both satellites are in Sun- synchronous orbit (SSO), meaning it will travel from pole to pole to take images as the Earth rotates.
Both satellites were injected into the Sun Synchronous Orbit, about 17 minutes later, at an altitude of 583 km.
A minute later, the Indian satellite HysIS with a mission life of five years was placed in 636km polar sun synchronous orbit.

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