Q 2.16 How can we categories different types of satellites?
Satellites may be categorized according to their orbit, weight, function, or payload.
Low Earth orbit (LEO), medium Earth orbit (MEO), Highly Elliptical orbit (HEO), geostationary Earth orbit (GEO). (See answer to question 3.1 for definition of orbit type)By weight
>1000 kg 500-100 kg
http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/S/satellite_mass_categories.html (Retrieved July, 2015)
Communication, Broadcast, Navigation, Remote Sensing (Earth Observation, Weather, Meteorology, etc.), Military, Scientific, Research and Development, Inter-planetary, etc.By payload
Global beam, Spot-beam, Transparent, Processing, High throughput, L-band, X-band, Ku-band or Ka-band satellite, Mobile services, Fixed services
Direct broadcast satellites
Television, Radio, Multi-media, Distribution
Remote sensing satellites may be categorized based on the remote-sensing probe (sensor- optical, microwave, infrared, multi-spectral, etc.); by spatial resolution; by application (e.g. Earth resource).
communication, surveillance, early warning, nuclear detector, etc.
Global, Regional, Satellite Based Augmentation