One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A trajectory by which a spacecraft can pass from one orbit to another at a higher altitude, especially a geostationary orbit.
- ‘The two payloads were placed in geostationary transfer orbit.’
- ‘To meet market demand, Europe has developed a new version of Ariane 5, capable of placing up to 10 tonnes of payload in geostationary transfer orbit.’
- ‘The satellite will be the first from the country to reach a geostationary transfer orbit.’
- ‘On board was the largest telecommunications satellite ever to be placed into geostationary transfer orbit.’
- ‘The rocket uses two solid boosters to get off the ground, a cryogenic main stage to get it into space and a final, upper stage, to put its payload into orbit, or into transfer orbits.’
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