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elliptical orbit

[ə′lip·tə·kəl ′ȯr·bət]
(mechanics)
The path of a body moving along an ellipse, such as that described by either of two bodies revolving under their mutual gravitational attraction but otherwise undisturbed.
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In particular THOR will address the following specific science questions: - How is plasma heated and particles accelerate- How is the dissipated energy partitioned - How does dissipation operate in different regimes of turbulenceThe THOR spacecraft would be launched to a geocentric High Elliptic Orbit (HEO) with an orbital plane close to the ecliptic plane (10 deg inclination).
It also says the satellite was "going round the Earth along its elliptic orbit at an inclination of 40.
The Bion-1M satellite has separated from the Soyuz carrier rocket and entered an elliptic orbit at 575 kilometers (357 miles) above the Earth," a Roscosmos spokesman said.