Re: GOES-12 deorbit?

From: Robert (
Date: Tue Aug 20 2013 - 03:03:22 UTC

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    In the circles I hang out and work with (television/radio distribution geosats), we call it being "retired", 
    "retired from service" or "placed in a graveyard orbit" since it's still in orbit but not a useful one for the TV satellite's purpose.
    I would also consider GOES geostationary sats to be retired or in a graveyard orbit if they burn it
    300km or whatever calculated distance further away from the clarke belt such that it's not longer
    serving its purpose.
     From: Jonathan McDowell <>
    To: Chris Jones <> 
    Cc: "" <> 
    Sent: Monday, August 19, 2013 5:52 PM
    Subject: Re: GOES-12 deorbit?
    I can live with that. "graveyarded" could be applied in LEO as well,
    doesn't have to
    be restricted to GEO sats.
    I was thinking about  'rusticated', but it has a temporary connotation that
    doesn't apply.
    On 19 August 2013 19:40, Chris Jones <> wrote:
    > On 8/19/2013 5:41 PM, Jonathan McDowell wrote:
    > > I doubt it was a typo - I've seen 'deorbit' used in this sense more and
    > > more over the past 10 years - a very unfortunate re-appropriation
    > > of what was once a well-defined technical term. I agree that 're-orbit'
    > is
    > > preferable, although still ugly.  Perhaps 'de-station' might be better?
    > > (given that people are unwilling to type something fuller like  'send to
    > a
    > > retirement orbit')
    > >
    > > On 19 August 2013 17:35, Brian Weeden <> wrote:
    > >
    > >> The appropriate (but still confusing) term is "re-orbit".  Perhaps it
    > was a
    > >> typo.
    > I don't like "re-orbit" (with or without the hyphen) for the same reason
    > I don't like "deorbit": the satellite is neither reentering or leaving
    > orbit, so the terms are incorrect.  "de-station" is better.  If we don't
    > mind verbing another word, perhaps "graveyarding" (the gerund form of
    > the verb "to graveyard") would do.
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