Why do geostationary satellites have to orbit above the equator? what would happen if it were to orbit nearer to the poles?
OCR Physics G484 (Geostationary Satellites) Watch
- Thread Starter
- 08-04-2016 18:31
- 08-04-2016 19:38
The centripetal force is acting towards the centre of the Earth (because it's gravity), so the orbit is always around the centre. A geostationary orbit has to be in a ring around Earth's axis of rotation (around the equator) to stay above the same point over time.