Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite
Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite
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Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite

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updatedApr 7, 2021
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Orbiting Earth at between 160 and 322 kilometers distance, this satellite provides less latency and requires less energy and investment to bring it to space. It is used for communications, military reconnaissance, and other imaging solutions.
Orbiting Earth at between 160 and 322 kilometers distance, this satellite provides less latency and requires less energy and investment to bring it to space. It is used for communications, military reconnaissance, and other imaging solutions.

This piece of electronic equipment orbits the Earth's orbit between 160 and 322 kilometers above the planet, and it is commonly used for communications, military reconnaissance, and other imaging solutions. By being placed at a shorter distance from Earth allows for lower signal propagation delay, resulting in less latency. Also, it is less costly because it requires less rocket power to put in place. Due to its limited communication field with the planet and faster rotation than satellites at greater altitudes, LEO satellites can also work in constellations. This means that a group of spaced satellites can operate together in some cases to provide greater coverage.

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