orbital rendezvous

orbital rendezvous

[′ȯr·bəd·əl ′rän·də‚vü]
(aerospace engineering)
The meeting of two or more orbiting objects with zero relative velocity at a preconceived time and place.
The point in space at which such an event occurs.
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He is famous for his work as an aerospace engineer, who designed an orbital rendezvous technique critical to future planetary landings.
In the 1980s, Aldrin adapted his expertise in orbital rendezvous to conceptualize the "Aldrin Mars Cycler," a spacecraft transportation system perpetually cycling between Earth and Mars that would make it possible to ferry astronauts back and forth to the Red Planet.
He was also a member of the Gemini 7 crew, which performed the first ever orbital rendezvous linking with Gemini 6 in 1965.
Orbital rendezvous automated intelligence and computer systems will be an integral part of the missions.