Molniya Orbit
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Molniya Orbit

This is a highly eccentric orbit with high apogee (.71 to .74) in the northern hemisphere and low perigee in the southern hemisphere. For a specific set of orbital parameters, this orbit has a changing velocity and altitude, which, when combined with the earth’s rotation, keeps the orbiting satellite within view for very long periods (96%) above a designated point on earth.

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