English Computing Dictionary
◊ LOW EARTH ORBIT
low earth orbit
(LEO) The kind of orbit used by
communications satellites that will offer high {bandwidth} for
{video on demand}, television and other {Internet}
communications. A satellite in LEO, in contrast to one in a
geostationary orbit, is not in a fixed position relative the
the Earth's surface so several satellites are required to
provide continuous service.
[Ovum report, "Applications for the superhighway", John
Moroney].
(1996-02-06)