geo·​sta·​tion·​ary | \ˌjē-ō-ˈstā-shə-ˌner-ē \

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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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 The Falcon 9 rocket will also carry a second payload of note: two experimental non-geostationary orbit satellites, Microsat-2a and -2b. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX launches a satellite but doesn’t quite nail the fairing recovery," 22 Feb. 2018 The technical problem has no immediate impact on the country’s weather forecasts—beyond GOES-16, NOAA has two older geostationary satellites operating in orbit, one covering the country’s western flank and one serving as a backup. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Cooling failure threatens NOAA’s newest weather satellite," 23 May 2018 Then, in 2013, China tested a missile that climbed to 18,000 miles—high enough to take out U.S. GPS satellites and nearly reaching the military’s early-warning satellites that hang in geostationary orbit 22,000 miles above the Earth. Jonathan Broder, Newsweek, "Why the Next Pearl Harbor Could Happen in Space," 4 May 2016

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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