differentiate geostationary satellite and polar satellite .

Geostationary Satellite

  • Geostationary Satellites, as the name suggests, remain stationary from our reference point of Earth.A satellite in a circular orbit around the earth in the equatorial plane, which appears stationary to an observer on the earth, is called geostationary satellite.
  • The typical height of a geostationary orbit is around 36,000 km.
  • They are most commonly employed for weather monitoring.

Polar satellites:

  • Polar Satellites travel in such a way that they always fly over both the poles of the Earth and always make an angle of 90o with respect to its equator and ascends or descends any given point of the Earth's surface at the same local mean solar time.
  • The height of a polar orbit is generally around 700-800 km above the Earth's surface.
  • These are normally used for providing telecommunication services.

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