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High Earth orbit
A high Earth orbit is a geocentric orbit with an altitude entirely above that of a geosynchronous orbit (35,786 kilometres, 22,236 mi). The orbital periods of such orbits are greater than 24 hours, therefore satellites in such orbits have an apparent retrograde motion – that is, even if they are in a prograde orbit (0° ≤ inclination < 90°), their orbital velocity is lower than Earth's rotational speed, causing their ground track to move westward on Earth's surface.
Examples of satellites in high Earth orbit
|Name||NSSDC id.||Launch date||Perigee||Apogee||Period||Inclination|
|Vela 1A||1963-039A||1963-10-17||101,925 km||116,528 km||6,519 min||37.8°|
|IBEX||2008-051A||2008-10-19||61,941 km||290,906 km||12,963 min||16.9°|
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- "Types of orbits". www.esa.int. Retrieved 2021-08-20.
- Vela at Encyclopedia Astronautica
- Trajectory Details for Vela 1A from the National Space Science Data Center
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