elliptical orbit

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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Belfast and Maston-- that it had deviated from its course from some unknown cause, and had not reached its destination; but that it had passed near enough to be retained by the lunar attraction; that its rectilinear movement had been changed to a circular one, and that following an elliptical orbit round the star of night it had become its satellite.
The satellite, named ''Tsubasa,'' which means ''wings,'' was placed into elliptical orbit to test the durability of commercially available semiconductors in space over a one-year period.
In its elliptical orbit, Chandra will travel as far as 140,000 km (87,000 mi) above Earth, or one-third the distance to the moon
12, when the Earth's circular orbit crosses paths with the elliptical orbit of Comet Swift-Tuttle.
A $41,206,525 modification (P00075) has been presented by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Center, Sunnyvale, California to FA8810-08-C-0002 for the Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) Transition to Operations.
The launch rocket has placed the Mars Orbiter spacecraft very precisely into an elliptical orbit around Earth .
Also, the Safir B1 carrier can carry satellites weighing up to 50 kg to an elliptical orbit of 300-450 km.
The Safir 1-B rocket can carry a satellite weighing 50 kilogrammes (110 pounds) into an elliptical orbit of 300 to 450 kilometres (185 to 280 miles).
Lockheed Martin announced today that the second Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO-2) payload and associated ground systems have been certified for missile warning operations by U.
The duo's speed and elliptical orbit about the galaxy's core suggest the bodies were kicked out of their presumed birthplace within the Milky Way's inner disk, where most stars are formed.
According to officials, about 40 minutes after the rocket's liftoff, the ball will break away from the rocket and be launched into elliptical orbit about 1,900 kilometers above Earth.
They will follow an elliptical orbit, meaning their distance from the earth varies.