Re: Graveyard Orbit

From: Rick McFarlane (
Date: Mon Jun 04 2001 - 20:09:02 PDT

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    From: Vitek, Antonin <>
    To: Seesat-L <>; Jonathan T Wojack
    Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2001 2:00 AM
    Subject: Re: Graveyard Orbit
    > Jonathan T Wojack wrote:
    > > Does anyone know precisely what a "graveyard orbit" is like?  i.e., what
    > > are the orbit parameters?
    > The "graveyard orbit" is rather poorly defined. It is a higher than
    > geostationary orbit but the difference in semimajor axis (ie. period ie.
    > mean motion M) depends on the amount of propellants avaliable for final
    > orbit adjustments. See for example:
    I've been puzzled by this question for a while, and was hoping someone would
    address it in this thread.
    Why higher?
    It would seem more sensible to me to move decommissioned geostationary
    satelites into a lower orbit.  I assume there's a good reason for chosing a
    higher orbit - anyone lnow what it is?
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