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Re: NY ranks #1 in Internet b/w

  • From: Brett Frankenberger
  • Date: Sun Nov 04 11:29:17 2001

> Well, actually there is a caveat: the distance to the satellite is never
> exactly 22500 miles. Depending on whether the orbit is measured from the
> surface of the earth (which is obviously the case for regular
> non-geosynchronous satellites) or the center of the earth (which I think
> is done with the 22500 mi figure) the satellite is either farther away or
> closer, depending on the location of the observer and the orbit of the
> satellite. The difference is substantial: up to 4000 miles.

geosynchronous orbit is 22500 miles from the *surface* of the earth. 

     -- Brett