satelloid

satelloid

[′sad·əl‚ȯid]
(aerospace engineering)
A vehicle that revolves about the earth or other celestial body, but at such altitudes as to require sustaining thrust to balance drag.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Satelloid vehicles constituted the third alternative path, and included the X-15 that already had the first functional fu]l pressure space suit and flew at the edge of space.
(48) Also, for the January 1958 initial source selection of the System 464L, DYNA-SOAR 1, North American proposed a 15,000 pound-class vehicle based on the X-15B operating as a satelloid. (49) This idea recurred when bioastronautics requirements firmed up in 1960.
Originally designed for one purpose as a boost-glide vehicle, circumstances forced it into regimes it was not well suited to operate as a satelloid, which was a major part of the projects undoing.