pitchover

pitchover

[′pich‚ō·vər]
(aerospace engineering)
The programmed turn from the vertical that a rocket under power takes as it describes an arc and points in a direction other than vertical.
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Although both missiles used the same engine and had the same requirements for performance, the Thor's chemically-milled propellant tanks were lighter and stronger, allowing earlier pitchover and robustness in performance.
The final flight test series calls for launch, climb, engine cutoff, pitch up using aerodynamic flaps, roll and pitchover at 30,000 feet, engine restart, rotate to vertical, and descent and landing.