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aerobrake

[air-oh-breyk]
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verb (used without object), aer·o·braked, aer·o·brak·ing.
  1. (of a spacecraft or satellite) to reduce velocity by taking advantage of a planet's atmospheric drag.

Origin of aerobrake

First recorded in 1970–75; aero- + brake1
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British Dictionary definitions for aerobraking

aerobraking

noun
  1. the use of aerodynamic braking in extremely low-density atmospheres in space at hypersonic Mach numbers
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