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