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geostationary

[jee-oh-stey-shuh-ner-ee] /ˌdʒi oʊˈsteɪ ʃəˌnɛr i/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a satellite traveling in an orbit 22,300 miles (35,900 km) above the earth's equator: at this altitude, the satellite's period of rotation, 24 hours, matches the earth's and the satellite always remains in the same spot over the earth:
geostationary orbit.
Also, geosynchronous
[jee-oh-sing-kruh-nuh s] /ˌdʒi oʊˈsɪŋ krə nəs/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; geo- + stationary
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Examples from the web for geostationary
  • The idea was two decades ahead of its time, and helped to attach his name to the geostationary orbit above the equator.
  • geostationary satellites introduce a delay that many find intolerable.
  • Plus it may not even be possible due to the drift of geostationary bodies due to lunar gravity.
  • The second orbit used by communications satellites is geostationary orbit.
British Dictionary definitions for geostationary

geostationary

/ˌdʒiːəʊˈsteɪʃənərɪ/
adjective
1.
(of a satellite) in a circular equatorial orbit in which it circles the earth once per sidereal day so that it appears stationary in relation to the earth's surface Also geosynchronous
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