geo·​sta·​tion·​ary | \ ˌjē-ō-ˈstā-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce geostationary (audio) \

Definition of geostationary

: 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 respect to the earth

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Last week, the Swedish satellite company Ovzon signed a deal for a Falcon Heavy launch as early as late 2020 for a geostationary satellite mission. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX nabs another contract, Vector cashes in, Vulcan delay," 26 Oct. 2018 Big satellites for geostationary orbit, the number is diminishing. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Entering a crowded market, Japan’s new rocket scores an early win," 21 Dec. 2018 On Tuesday in Florida, during a launch window from 4:25pm ET to 6:46pm ET, a Falcon 9 rocket will attempt to launch a satellite to geostationary transfer orbit for a public-private partnership between the Luxembourg Government and SES. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX has made its last launch before Falcon Heavy attempt [Updated]," 31 Jan. 2018 The three-ton satellite will be delivered to a geostationary transfer orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX ties its record for most launches in a year [Updated]," 15 Nov. 2018 The early morning launch lofted a heavy, seven-ton satellite into geostationary transfer orbit, and then the first stage successfully landed. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX doubles up, European resistance, condensed Kármán," 27 July 2018 The satellite weighs slightly more than six metric tons, which is about half a ton heavier than any Falcon 9 payload bound for geostationary orbit that the company has tried to land before. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Falcon 9 rocket may reach 50 launches on Tuesday," 4 Mar. 2018 For comparison, United Launch Alliance says its Delta IV Heavy can haul 62,540 pounds to LEO and 30,440 pounds to geostationary transfer orbit. Amy Thompson, WIRED, "The Air Force Is Already Betting on SpaceX's Brand-New Falcon Heavy," 5 July 2018 In remote parts of the world, like where Wyler was, internet connections often have to come to the ground from geostationary satellites. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Maybe Nobody Wants Your Space Internet," 15 Mar. 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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