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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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 According to SpaceX's stats, the Falcon Heavy can deliver 140,660 pounds of mass to low earth orbit and 58,860 pounds to geostationary transfer orbit. Amy Thompson, WIRED, "The Air Force Is Already Betting on SpaceX's Brand-New Falcon Heavy," 5 July 2018 No one is talking about putting troops into space but rather how to protect US and allied satellites and ensure peaceful access to geostationary orbit and cislunar space near the Moon. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Air Force ready to work on Trump’s Space Force idea, but…," 20 June 2018 The 50th launch carried the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite to geostationary transfer orbit for a Spanish communications company. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Launches 50th Falcon 9 Rocket," 6 Mar. 2018 The altitudes are critical, as the Ariane 5 rocket launches geostationary satellites into a transfer orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "After a “major” launch anomaly, satellites scrambling to reach orbits," 26 Jan. 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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