Clarke orbit n.

geosynchronous orbit


  • 1969 K. Laumer And Now They Wake in Galaxy Mar. 20/1 page image Keith Laumer bibliography

    The meteorologist on duty in the United States Weather Satellite in Clarke orbit twenty-two thousand miles above the Atlantic had watched the anomalous formation for half an hour on the big twelve-power screen before calling it to the attention of his supervisor.

  • 1974 H. Miles Artificial Satellite Observing & Applications 30

    With Early Bird (6 April 1965) a Clarke orbit was achieved.

  • 1976 K. Laumer in Analog Dec. 175/1, Keith Laumer

    I just read and like the July issue, incidentally noticing that both Arthur Clarke and Norman Spinrad made use of a term which I have long considered unnecessarily clumsy, to wit ‘synchronous’, as ‘geo-synchronous orbit’. For some time in my work I have employed the term ‘Clarke orbit’, which is simple and gives Arthur the credit due to him. I hereby propose that you throw the weight of Analog behind this usage, and pretty soon everybody will say ‘Clarke orbit’.

  • 1984 K. S. Robinson Icehenge (1990) 208 Kim Stanley Robinson

    Well, Connie, we're in a Clarke orbit, so we don’t have to worry about orbital velocity.

Research requirements

antedating 1969

Earliest cite

Keith Laumer

Research History
Mike Christie has submitted a 1976 Keith Laumer cite from Analog.
Bill Mullins submitted a 1974 cite from "Artificial satellite observing and its applications" by Howard Miles.
Bill Mullins submitted a 1969 cite from Keith Laumer, in Galaxy.

Earliest cite in the OED: 1983.

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