low earth orbit


Definition of low earth orbit

: a usually circular orbit from about 90 to 600 miles (about 140 to 970 kilometers) above the earth

Examples of low earth orbit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The competing duo had commissioned a study by RKF Engineering Solutions that allegedly demonstrated terrestrial 5G can readily share the 12 GHz band with services provided by satellites in low earth orbit like those operated by Starlink. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 22 June 2022 Reconnaissance satellites, even those in low earth orbit, typically are too far away to see these signs, while friendly warships have only a limited ability to find enemy subs beyond their immediate vicinity. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 5 May 2022 The terminals are satellite dishes, which Starlink users need to communicate with the company’s constellation of low earth orbit satellites. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 1 Mar. 2022 The space tech company, which Musk founded 20 years ago, conducted the launch on Feb. 3, deploying 49 Starlink satellites into low earth orbit from a Falcon 9 rocket. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 10 Feb. 2022 Further positive disruption could be provided by low earth orbit small satellite systems, which would broaden the reach of internet enabled digital banking at an even greater scale. Luke Chittock, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 The flight is scheduled to return Sept. 18 after traveling across a low earth orbit journey that will continually eclipse more than 90% of the earth’s population. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 According to a note Kuo sent to investors that MacRumors saw, the iPhone 13 will support low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication. Chris Smith, BGR, 30 Aug. 2021 The Starliner would give the U.S. more options to reach low earth orbit and the space station. Doug Cameron, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of low earth orbit

1961, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jul 2022

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“Low earth orbit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low%20earth%20orbit. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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