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deorbit

[dē′ȯr·bət]
(aerospace engineering)
To recover a spacecraft from earth orbit by providing a new orbit which intersects the earth's atmosphere.
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During the process of the space debris deorbiting, the magnitude of the gravity gradient torque will slowly increase, and the phase portraits will deform.
Clean Space will also develop techniques to mitigate the problem, such as passive and active deorbiting devices and the means to 'passivate' retiring satellites.
As such, at end of mission, experiments may be disposed of via deorbiting as will be the case for part of MISSE8.
The deorbiting procedure is so complex, requiring the spacecraft go from 13,000 miles per hour to zero in just seven minutes, that it has been dubbed "Seven Minutes of Terror" and become a viral video hit on the Internet.
"Could we take a module, pull it off the station instead of deorbiting it into the ocean?" asked William Gerstenmaier of NASA.
Or a sail could go pick up the trash directly: "We want to develop a system where we can take our deorbiting system to pieces of space debris, dock with them and bring them to the atmosphere and let them burn up," Lappas says.
"Despite natural clearing, deorbiting, and debris mitigation measures, the [space debris] population is growing and so is the risk of collisions." (306) NASA scientists J.C.
No FY2016 funds are currently budgeted for deorbiting the space station.
This led many to posit that it could be one of the first moves aimed at decommissioning the space station and deorbiting it safely.