Clarke belt n.

the ring-shaped region around the Earth containing all possible geostationary orbits

[< the name of SF author Arthur C. Clarke, who proposed the idea]


  • 1981 73 Magazine Nov. 15/1 page image

    This belt is known as the Clarke belt, after famed science fiction author Arthur C. Clark suggested the idea of orbiting relay stations back in the forties.

  • 1987 S. Brand Media Lab ii. xii. 246

    He [sc. Arthur C. Clarke] invented communication satellites. Some are calling the geosynchronous orbit where those satellites reside the Clarke Belt.

  • 1997 T3 Feb. 60/3

    The ring of satellites which encircle the Earth about the equator are located on what’s known as the Clarke Belt.

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antedating 1984

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