skip trajectory

skip trajectory

[′skip trə‚jek·trē]
(mechanics)
A trajectory made up of ballistic phases alternating with skipping phases; one of the basic trajectories for the unpowered portion of the flight of a reentry vehicle or spacecraft reentering earth's atmosphere.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.