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parabolic orbit

[¦par·ə¦bäl·ik ′ȯr·bət]
(astronomy)
An orbit whose overall shape is like a parabola; the orbit represents the least eccentricity for escape from an attracting body.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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'The canister-launch version provides the capability to quickly transport the missile and launch it from anywhere.' It was reported that the three-stage solid, all-composite rocket motors, Agni-V 'zoomed to a height of over 600km in its parabolic trajectory and then splashed down around 4,900km away towards Australia in the Indian Ocean barely 19 minutes later.' It flies at 24 times speed of sound.
The flight of a sounding rocket is short-lived, and has a parabolic trajectory -- the shape of a frown.
The pipelines follow a parabolic trajectory underground and are 90cm-wide and 950m-long," Khoury notes.
It does so by constructing a parabolic trajectory with acceleration [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] that interpolates ([s.sub.G]([t.sub.G]), [t.sub.G]) and ([s.sub.H]([t.sub.H]), [t.sub.H]).
After finishing the "Projectile Motion" section, ask students to use the drawing tool to draw what they think the parabolic trajectory will be for a bird shot at a shallow angle and a bird shot at a steep angle.
Ideas or discoveries often attributed to Galileo, for example, may be found in the works of medieval writers: the two-books metaphor (65), figurative, non-literal readings of the Bible (63, 187, 315), the mean-speed theorem (176, 188-9, 332), and the parabolic trajectory of projectiles (334-5), to cite a handful of examples.
In considering the flight phase Denny touches upon topics such as the curvature of the earth, Coriolis and atmospheric effects, and parabolic trajectory, as well as describing the evolution of fire control, air bombing, rockets and guided missiles.
The rifle's low muzzle velocity and consequent high parabolic trajectory made for difficult long-range shooting, especially since soldiers engaged in little target practice and received virtually no training in estimating distances or in using the adjustable sights to compensate for the bullet's curved flight.
This means that any object in free fall, be it a piece of chalk, a skate board rider or a ball, will follow a parabolic trajectory.
He tee-ed off with a one wood, sending the ball soaring towards a distant flag on a lovely parabolic trajectory.
I must confess a real fondness for plinking at prairie dogs with a .45 and when you consider the parabolic trajectory involved, knowledge of precise range can be a real help.
The ball drops progressively more in each period, but it follows a smooth parabolic trajectory (in agreement with Adair, 2002).