What is satellite?

  • (noun): Man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon.
    Synonyms: artificial satellite, orbiter
    See also — Additional definitions below


In the context of spaceflight, a satellite is an object which has been placed into orbit by human endeavour. Such objects are sometimes called artificial satellites to distinguish them from natural satellites such as the Moon.

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Some articles on satellite:

Optus (satellite) - B-Class - Optus B1 - Failures
... Satellite Control Processor On 21 May 2005 services were temporarily lost when the Primary Satellite Control Processor failed ... The satellite was switched to use the Backup SCP in order to restore services ... Thereafter the satellite continued to operate from the Backup SCP ...
October 2005 In Science - October 27, 2005
... Satellite launches Iran's first satellite, the Sinah-1 reconnaissance satellite, built jointly with Russia, is launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwestern Russia at 1052 local time (0652 ...
Universal Satellites Automatic Location System
... Universal Satellites Automatic Location System (USALS), also known (unofficially) as DiSEqC 1.3, Go X or Go to XX is a satellite dish motor protocol that automatically creates a list of available ... Software on the satellite receiver (or external positioner) calculates the position of all available satellites from an initial location (input by the user), which is the latitude and longitude relative ... to DiSEqC 1.2, it is not necessary to manually search and store every known satellite position ...
Satellite Services
... Satellite Internet access Satellite phone Satellite radio Satellite television Satellite navigation ...
Viking (satellite)
... Viking was Sweden's first satellite ... It was launched on an Ariane 1 rocket as a piggyback payload together with the French satellite SPOT 1, on February 22, 1986 ... Space was limited underneath the SPOT 1 satellite, and Viking had to be quite sturdy in order to withstand the stress of launch ...

More definitions of "satellite":

  • (adj): Surrounding and dominated by a central authority or power.
    Example: "A city and its satellite communities"
  • (verb): Broadcast or disseminate via satellite.
  • (noun): Any celestial body orbiting around a planet or star.
  • (noun): A person who follows or serves another.
    Synonyms: planet

Famous quotes containing the word satellite:

    Books are the best things, well used; abused, among the worst. What is the right use? What is the one end, which all means go to effect? They are for nothing but to inspire. I had better never see a book, than to be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit, and made a satellite instead of a system.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)