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Tue March 03, 2015 By: Vijayalekshmy Nandakumar-baby

What is the angle between the equatorial plane and the orbital plane of
1. Polar satellite
2. Geostationary satellite

Expert Reply
Romal Bhansali
Tue March 03, 2015
The orbital plane of a satellite is the plane in which it orbits around the Earth. 
Its angle of inclination is measured with respect to the equatorial plane of Earth.
 
1. A polar satellite is one which orbits the North-South plane of the Earth. So, the angle between the equatorial plane and orbital plane is 90°.
 
2. A geostationary satellite is one which orbits the equator of the Earth at a certain altitude. So, the angle between the equatorial plane and orbital plane is 0°.
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