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

Examples of geostationary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Iran is planning to develop and launch a satellite into geostationary orbit for the economic benefit of the country, Brigadier Ali Jafarabadi, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Space Command, said. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Branson sells Virgin Galactic shares, LEGO’s deep-space rocket," 15 May 2020 The next Falcon Heavy mission, due to fly no earlier than late 2020, will send a 3.7 metric ton satellite and an unknown number of secondary spacecraft directly to geostationary orbit, Teslarati reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Starship set for static fire test, meet “The Dorado” booster," 1 May 2020 This satellite servicing milestone comes as both low-Earth orbit as well as geostationary space—where large, expensive communications satellites are often placed high above the planet to hold their position over the ground—are becoming more crowded. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "For the first time, a spacecraft has returned an aging satellite to service," 17 Apr. 2020 For this mission, the Atlas V rocket will boost the sixth and final satellite in a constellation of military communications satellites in geostationary orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The U.S. Space Force has now actually gone to space [Updated]," 26 Mar. 2020 To that end, massive communications satellites will beam down internet coverage down from their orbital perched high above the Earth, in what's known as geostationary orbit (typically 22,000 miles up). NBC News, "SpaceX launches 60 new Starlink satellites, sticks rocket landing at sea," 29 Jan. 2020 The latest satellite in the navigation system, a third-gen craft (known as BeiDou-3) now in a geostationary orbit, lifted off earlier this month from the Xichang Center in southwestern China. Popular Science, "China’s version of GPS is almost complete. Here’s what that means.," 31 Mar. 2020 United Launch Alliance announced that its Atlas V rocket will carry the payload, the last of six military communications satellites, into geostationary orbit today. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Watch the U.S. Space Force's First Launch Right Here," 26 Mar. 2020 Because high-resolution satellites provide data every 12 hours, Chooch AI’s team is training its AI to interpret lower-resolution imagery — known as geostationary satellite imagery — which is updated more frequently. Washington Post, "California has 33 million acres of forest. This company is training artificial intelligence to scour it all for wildfire.," 6 Nov. 2019

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Geostationary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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