suborbital


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.

suborbital

(sub-or -bă-tăl) Denoting instruments, experiments, etc., on rockets, balloons, and aircraft rather than on Earth-orbiting spacecraft.
References in periodicals archive ?
In the summer of 2013, the suborbital concept was evaluated in the Air Force Research Laboratory's Advanced Concepts Exercise (ACE) 13, which used the MSS3, based on press releases' hints about the capabilities of the future SpaceShip Three (SS3).
We were reviewing various concepts of commercial space rockets and came up with the idea of launching people into space via suborbital trajectory.
SpaceShipTwo is designed to carry six passengers, as well as two pilots, on brief sojourns to suborbital space.
A NASA Terrier-Improved suborbital sounding rocket will carry experiments developed by university students.
Other companies developing passenger suborbital spacecraft include privately owned XCOR Aerospace, which is building a two-person spaceplane called Lynx, and Blue Origin, a startup space company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
In a first, the 2013 meeting also features three-hour long "deep dive" technical sessions by suborbital flight providers such as Masten Space Systems, Virgin Galactic, XCOR Aerospace and others, to give the research and education communities a chance to learn in depth about each flight system's capabilities, development status and future plans for research and education missions.
Currently, tickets for the suborbital ride sell for $95,000 per person.
Fresh from kite surfing across the English Channel, Branson took the stage at the Farnborough Airshow on Wednesday to unveil LauncherOne, a companion satellite-launching business to Virgin Galactic's passenger suborbital spaceflight service.
The suborbital flights, which cost 200,000 dollars per person, are designed to reach an altitude of about 68 miles, giving fliers a few minutes to experience zero gravity and glimpse Earth set against the blackness of space.
The Space Science and Engineering Division focuses on the development of scientific payloads aboard scientific satellites, the International Space Station, reusable suborbital vehicles and sounding rockets.
Branson joined government officials and staff at the site in Los Cruces, New Mexico along with future astronauts who have already bought a ticket for Virgin Galatic's suborbital commercial flights.
In the future, help may be just a suborbital hop away.