artificial satellite

Definitions of artificial satellite
  1. noun
    man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon
    synonyms: orbiter, satellite
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    examples:
    Salyut
    either of two Soviet space stations launched in the 1970s
    Skylab
    United States space station; in orbit from 1973 to 1979
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    astronomy satellite
    a satellite equipped with a telescope to observe infrared radiation
    communications satellite
    an artificial satellite that relays signals back to earth; moves in a geostationary orbit
    ballistic capsule, space vehicle, spacecraft
    a craft capable of traveling in outer space; technically, a satellite around the sun
    space laboratory, space platform, space station
    a manned artificial satellite in a fixed orbit designed for scientific research
    sputnik
    a Russian artificial satellite
    spy satellite
    a satellite with sensors to detect nuclear explosions
    meteorological satellite, weather satellite
    a satellite that transmits frequent picture of the earth below
    lander
    a space vehicle that is designed to land on the moon or another planet
    LEM, lunar excursion module, lunar module
    a spacecraft that carries astronauts from the command module to the surface of the moon and back
    capsule, space capsule
    a spacecraft designed to transport people and support human life in outer space
    space shuttle
    a reusable spacecraft with wings for a controlled descent through the Earth's atmosphere
    spaceship, starship
    a spacecraft designed to carry a crew into interstellar space (especially in science fiction)
    type of:
    equipment
    an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
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