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.

  • 1991 R. E. Vaughan Stranger Gods in Amazing Stories July 58/2 page image Ralph E. Vaughan bibliography

    The Caestus imploded as it entered a clarke orbit. The glowing wreckage hung in stationary orbit until removed by the Planetary Engineering Corps, hung like an unmoving star above the very city in which Fra William Gynt would give a Canite over to death thirty years later.

  • 2014 J. C. Wright Judge of Ages x. 215 page image John C. Wright bibliography

    So that is the situation we find ourselves in—trapped, doomed, abandoned, and the Hyades skyhook is about to float over us and yank us up into a Clarke orbit for transshipment to Alpha Centauri, but if the skyhook don’t get us, a Melusine called a Paramount is coming to brain-rape us, and absorb us into its soul vampire-style, but more neuroelectronically.

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.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1991 cite from Ralph E. Vaughan.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2014 cite from John C. Wright.

Earliest cite in the OED: 1983.

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