Re: Meaning of "deorbited"?

From: Phillip Clark (
Date: Thu Feb 03 2000 - 03:23:08 PST

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    As far as I am concerned, if something is "de-orbited" then it is brought
    out of orbit for re-entry into the atmosphere.
    However, in the world of geosynch orbit satellites the term is used when a
    satellite is retired and boosted out of the geosynch band - usually to a
    higher altitude.  The same use of the term could be applied to retired
    GLONASS, GPS, Iridium, etc satellites, I suppose.
    Strange how common words take on new meanings !
    Phillip Clark 
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