sun-synchronous orbit
An orbit in which the satellite

Military dictionary. 2000.

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  • synchronous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) existing or occurring at the same time. 2) referring to a satellite which revolves in its orbit in exactly the same time as the primary body rotates on its axis. DERIVATIVES synchronously adverb. ORIGIN Greek sunkhronos, from sun… …   English terms dictionary

  • synchronous — [ sɪŋkrənəs] adjective 1》 existing or occurring at the same time. 2》 of or denoting a satellite which revolves in its orbit in exactly the same time as the primary body rotates on its axis. Derivatives synchronously adverb Origin C17: from late L …   English new terms dictionary

  • Geocentric orbit — Earth orbit redirects here. For the motion of the Earth around the Sun, see Earth s orbit. Earth orbiter redirects here. For the shuttle simulator, see Earth Orbiter 1. The following words may have more than one definition or other non Earth… …   Wikipedia

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