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geostationary orbit

A circular orbit in the equatorial plane, any point on which revolves about the Earth in the same direction and with the same period as the Earth's rotation. Note: An object in a geostationary orbit will remain directly above a fixed point on the equator at a distance of approximately 42,164 km from the center of the Earth, i.e., approximately 35,786 km above mean sea level.

Geostationary Orbit image

Classification Orbital Altitude (km above the earth)
LEO 500-2,000
MEO 8,000-20,000
Geostationary Orbit 35,786

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
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