An earth-orbiting communications spacecraft designed to send and receive data from other satellites or earth stations. This data, in the form of signals, may carry voice, audio, video, or other information. It is the basis for satellite TV, certain kinds of Internet access, and cell phone use. A satellite is in a geostationary orbit, meaning it is in a fixed position some 22,000 miles above earth.

See also : space junk  
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