Polar Orbits

A polar orbit usually has an inclination of 90 degrees to the equator. On every pass around the Earth, it passes over both the north and south poles. Therefore, as the Earth rotates to the east underneath the satellite which is travelling north and south, it can cover the entire Earth's surface. A polar orbiting satellite covers the entire globe every 14 days.

Polar orbits are usually medium or low orbits.

Polar orbit

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