- Also known as geosynchronous. The type of orbit required to keep a communications satellite in a fixed position relative to the earth.The satellite's angular rate and direction of rotation are matched to those of the earth, and the satellite orbits the earth every 24 hours at about 36,000 kilometers (22,350 miles). Three satellites in geostationary orbit can cover 95 percent of the earth's surface (the remaining 5 percent is above the Arctic Circle).
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geostationary — ☆ geostationary [jē΄ōsiŋ′krə nəsjē΄ō stā′shə ner΄ē ] adj. designating or of a satellite or spacecraft in an orbit above the equator, revolving at a rate of speed synchronous with that of the earth s rotation so that it always stays above the same … English World dictionary
geostationary — /jee oh stay sheuh ner ee/, adj. of or pertaining to a satellite traveling in an orbit 22,300 miles (35,900 km) above the earth s equator: at this altitude, the satellite s period of rotation, 24 hours, matches the earth s and the satellite… … Universalium
geostationary — adjective At a fixed distance in three dimensions relative to a particular point on the Earths surface; generally only possible with orbital satellites. The measurement is accomplished by observing the Faraday rotation angle of signals from… … Wiktionary
geostationary — adj. Geostationary is used with these nouns: ↑satellite … Collocations dictionary
geostationary — ge|o|sta|tion|ar|y [ ,dʒiou steıʃn,eri ] adjective a geostationary SATELLITE appears to remain in the same place, because it travels at the same speed as the Earth … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
geostationary — also geosynchronous adjective a geostationary spacecraft or satellite (1) goes around the Earth at the same speed as the Earth moves, so that it is always above the same place on the Earth … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
geostationary — UK [ˌdʒiːəʊˈsteɪʃ(ə)n(ə)rɪ] / US [ˌdʒɪoʊˈsteɪʃ(ə)nˌerɪ] adjective a geostationary satellite appears to remain in the same place, because it travels at the same speed as the Earth … English dictionary
geostationary — adjective Date: 1961 being or having an equatorial orbit at an altitude of about 22,300 miles (35,900 kilometers) requiring an angular velocity the same as that of the earth so that the position of a satellite in such an orbit is fixed with… … New Collegiate Dictionary
geostationary — adj. located in a fixed position (about a high altitude satellite that is always located in one fixed point in relation to Earth) … English contemporary dictionary
geostationary — adjective (of an artificial satellite) moving in a circular geosynchronous orbit so that it appears to be stationary above a fixed point on the surface … English new terms dictionary