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Geostationary orbit is at a height of approx __________.
1. 6 Km
2. 1,000 Km
3. 3,600 Km
4. 36,000 Km

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Correct Answer - Option 4 : 36,000 Km

The correct answer is 36,000 Km.

  • Geostationary orbit or Geosynchronous orbit is the speed of man-made satellites in which the satellite rotates in its orbit above the Earth's equator.

  • It is placed at the height of 36000 km from the Earth’s surface.
  • This does not mean that the satellite and the Earth move in the same direction, but that the satellite tries to rotate equally with the Earth.
  • Geostationary orbit is an elliptical orbit around the earth in which the rotating body has a period of 1 day (equivalent to the Earth's rotation period = 23 hours, 56 minutes, 6 seconds).
  • The period of this orbit is the result of keeping it exactly equal to the rotation period of the Earth.

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