parking orbit


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parking orbit

An orbit in which a satellite or spacecraft can be placed before being injected into a final orbit or desired trajectory.

parking orbit

[′pärk·iŋ ‚ȯr·bət]
(aerospace engineering)
A temporary earth orbit during which the space vehicle is checked out and its trajectory carefully measured to determine the amount and time of increase in velocity required to send it into a final orbit or into space in the desired direction.
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Finally, in early May, it will be propelled into its long-term stable parking orbit around the Sun.
Launched on July 3rd, the probe had already spent more than a month in a highly elliptical parking orbit around Earth.
After being launched into low-Earth orbit, the Cygnus spacecraft will use its advanced manoeuvring capability to transport the cargo from a low parking orbit to the space station, where it will be grappled by the crew using the station's robotic arm and berthed to the space station.
"After being launched into low-Earth orbit, the Cygnus spacecraft will use its advanced maneuvering capability to transport the cargo from a low parking orbit to the space station, where it will be grappled by the crew using the station's robotic arm and berthed to the space station," the company explained in a (http://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/release.asp?prid=191) statement released Saturday.
From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will carry out planned mission maneuvers to advance the orbital unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geostationary transfer orbit.
Then in 2020, Deep Space will bring one of these tiny rocks back to a parking orbit near Earth to be harvested for its water, rocket fuel, and metals for in-space customers such as communications satellites that have run out of gas.
Contour (a contraction for Comet Nucleus Tour) will spend up to 112 months in this parking orbit, a clever hedge against liftoff delays.
Mars Orbiter Spacecraft was launched on-board India s workhorse launch vehicle PSLV on November 05, 2013 into a parking orbit around the Earth.
In the harvesting phase we would go and actually capture an asteroid four to seven yards in diameter and bring it back to a parking orbit closer to earth."
But Welsh said that once comets are knocked out of their parking orbit in the outer reaches of a stellar system and fall toward a star, they heat up and evaporate.
Approximately 184 seconds into flight, Falcon 9 s second stage s single Merlin vacuum engine ignited to begin a five minute, 35 second burn that delivered the THAICOM 6 satellite into its parking orbit. Eighteen minutes after injection into the parking orbit, the second stage engine relit for just over one minute to carry the THAICOM 6 satellite to its final geostationary transfer orbit.
8, the satellite fired its thrusters, left its working orbit, and entered into a permanent parking orbit around the sun.