The Satellite Site

What is a Satellite, anyway?

Here's a brief description and definition.

 

What do Satellites do?

Satellites come in many shapes and sizes and have many uses. Select one of the five areas below to see how we use these orbiting machines.


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Communications
dotEarth Remote Sensing
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Weather
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Global Positioning
dotScientific Research

Satellite Construction Set

Want to make a satellite? Open up this interactive program and build three different kinds of satellites.

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Satellite Anatomy

Learn about what goes into a satellite to make it work.

 

A satellite's orbit depends on its task, speed, and distance from Earth. Select one of these main orbit types to find out more.

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Polar
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GEO
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Elliptical

Featured Satellite

What's happening in the satellite world? Learn about our current featured satellite, ACeS