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Old July 30th 17, 02:33 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband,,
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Default BBC News Blunder

NY wrote:

"Java Jive" wrote in message
"Powys man gets broadband via satellite over Africa"

"[It is the same satellite companies like Sky use to broadcast their
TV signal and] they are positioned above the equator to maximise

Oh dear! Actually, they are positioned over the equator because that
is the only place you can obtain a geo-stationary orbit, enabling
fixed dishes to work. Satellites that aren't in geo-stationary orbit
require movable dishes that can track an orbit to communicate with
them ...

Could you not have a satellite in a geostationary orbit above another line
of latitude than the equator

No because Earth is a slight doughnut shape with the bulge through
the equator, and the Moon is also orbiting around the equator
which means orbits other than equator are not stationary or stable.