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 The rocket's upper stage deployed the SXM-7 satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit 31 minutes after liftoff. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 18 Dec. 2020 Adaptive optics can be used to track and take images of satellites and debris in low-Earth orbit and to improve the tracking of objects in low, medium and geostationary orbits. Scientific American, 15 Mar. 2021 The rocket's upper stage has an auxiliary power unit, designed to directly insert satellites into geostationary orbit rather than a transfer orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 2 Nov. 2020 The Chinese Earth-observation Gaofen-13 satellite is on its way to a geostationary orbit after successful launch on a Long March 3B from Xichang on Sunday. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 16 Oct. 2020 With a liftoff time of 9:43pm ET (01:43 UTC Saturday), the company's Falcon 9 rocket is due to deliver a fourth GPS III satellite into geostationary transfer orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 2 Oct. 2020 This falls well below the orbit of our geostationary weather satellites which are located about 22,000 miles above earth's surface. Pedram Javaheri, CNN, 23 Sep. 2020 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, 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, 1 May 2020

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Geostationary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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