braking rocket


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braking rocket

[′bra·kiŋ ‚räk·ət]
(aerospace engineering)
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Three braking rockets will stop its descent at just more than 60 feet from the surface.
the capsule's braking rockets fired for 9 minutes and 50 seconds, dropping the far side of its orbit deep into the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.
Once in space, the capsule is designed to run through a pre-programmed set of manoeuvres to test its steering thrusters, navigation system and other equipment critical to flight, then fire its braking rockets to leave orbit.
Sturckow and pilot Kevin Ford fired the shuttle's twin braking rockets at 4:47 p.