Geostationary orbit

Geostationary orbit for UPSC IAS
  • A geostationary orbit allows a satellite to hover over a constant spot on the Earth.
  • The orbital period at this altitude is 24 hours.
  • This allows uninterrupted coverage of more than 1/3 of the Earth per satellite.
  • Three satellites, spaced 120° apart, can cover the whole Earth except the extreme polar regions.
  • This type of orbit is mainly used for meteorological satellites.

Latest news about Geostationary orbit

  • 20 April 2023:
    • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch Singapore’s TeLEOS-2 satellite, an earth observation satellite in Geostationary orbit.
    • The launch will be carried out by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).


  1. ISRO
  2. Indian Express

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