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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With a mass of 6,761kg, the Intelsat 35e communications satellite is the heaviest payload SpaceX has ever launched to geostationary orbit, about 36,000km above the Earth's surface.
The rocket that took off Friday from Florida carried BulgariaSat-1, a communications satellite destined for geostationary orbit.
BulgariaSat-1 represents the country’s first geostationary telecommunications satellite.
The launch window for BulgariaSat-1, Bulgaria’s first geostationary telecommunications satellite, will be from 11:10 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. PDT.
The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) launched for the first time in its full configuration, lofting the 6,914-pound GSAT-19 to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).
Like a Tesla in space, an all-electric satellite uses electric propulsion to climb from transfer orbit to geostationary orbit and to maintain its position on station, instead of the chemical rockets used by traditional satellites.
Once lofted into its transfer orbit by the Ariane 5, Eutelsat 172B will turn on its electric motors and start the slow climb to geostationary orbit over Asia.
To get to the moon, they'll be rocketed into geostationary orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and then be propelled into the moon's orbit via a single burn.
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