The Satellite Orbit Tier List

From Atomic Frontier.

Space is filled with satellites in interesting orbits, but which one is best? A crash course in astrodynamics in the format of "the BBC if they decided make a tier list video".

0:00 Introduction
1:05 Very Low Earth
1:55 International Space Station
2:36 Walker Constellation
3:12 Sun Synchronous
4:00 GPS
4:46 Flower
6:09 GEO
7:07 Graveyard
7:50 Molniya
8:22 Tundra
8:44 QZSS
9:11 Distant Retrograde
9:49 Lagrange
10:43 Outroduction

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