from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or being a satellite that travels above Earth's equator from west to east at an altitude of approximately 35,900 kilometers (22,300 miles) and at a speed matching that of Earth's rotation, thus remaining stationary in relation to Earth.
- adj. Of, relating to, or being the orbit of such a satellite.
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- adj. At a fixed distance in three dimensions relative to a particular point on the Earth's surface; generally only possible with orbital satellites.
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- adj. of or having a geosynchronous orbit such that the position in such an orbit is fixed with respect to the earth
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The idea is for satellites in geostationary orbit to collect the sun's energy and convert it into radio waves for transmission to surface stations, where it will be converted into electricity for local power grids.
Or about Nova Caledonia, a lifeship suspended in geostationary orbit exactly 35,786 kilometers above Perth?
This means that it is no longer in geostationary orbit, and it starts to â€œfallâ€ perceptibly toward the Earth.
Today, the frontier of private enterprise is the halo of communications satellites in geostationary orbit 24,000 miles above our planet.
The system also boasts 120 American satellites in geostationary orbit.
The other, a European satellite called ARTEMIS (Advanced Relay and Technology Mission), soars 36,000 kilometres above Earth in geostationary orbit.
In 1964 the first Trisanku (!), Syncom, with the generic scientific name geostationary satellite/geosynchronous satellite was placed above a fixed longitude on the equator, and thereby a myth became a reality.
Arthur C Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the originator of the idea of geostationary satellites has died
He also popularised the idea of geostationary communications satellites in the 1940s, which has led to the geostationary orbit also being dubbed the 'Clarke Orbit'.
The satellites that take our pictures for weather are what are called geostationary satellites, meaning they rotate at the same Earth that the Earth rotates.