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Synchronous and Geostationnary orbits are the same. --Rami 13:01, 25 Nov 2005 (UTC)
- So why not note that in the article instead of here?
Is there a canon source that distinguishes between synchronous & geostationary orbit? I imagine that the difference might be something like this:
Geostationary orbit - a unique ballistic orbit above the equator of a planet where the orbital velocity is such that the starship completes one orbit in the same time as the length of the planet's day. Because of this relation, the starship is stationary with respect to a point on the planet's surface.
Synchronous - the starship uses its engines to remain stationary with respect to a point on the planet's surface. Because the starship is using its engines, it can be much closer to the planet than a geostationary orbit.
- Unless there is a reference shown in an okudagram, the term "Geostationary orbit" was not referenced in any episode dialog. --Alan 03:40, 30 June 2007 (UTC)
Would anyone know what actually Standard orbit means? Has it ever been specified (altitude or smth) in Trek? --Fulltwistnow 23:45, 12 February 2006 (UTC)
- No explanation in Star Trek, and does not exist in real life. There does exist something called synchronous orbit, which is a circular orbit around an object's equator. Jaz talk | novels 23:50, 12 February 2006 (UTC)