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orbital velocity

the minimum velocity at which a body must move to maintain a given orbit. Unabridged
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  • But, because of it's great mass, our orbital velocity is something terrific!

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • The variation in the orbital velocity of some comets is enormous.

    Astronomical Curiosities J. Ellard Gore
  • But what they couldn't do was match its orbital velocity, which was zero.

    Space Tug Murray Leinster
  • Our orbital velocity is seven hundred thousand kilometers per second!

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • At the orbital velocity of the ship, focussing on the star was indeed a difficult thing to do.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • But the closer the massed wreckage dropped toward Earth, the higher were its requirements for orbital velocity.

    Human Error Raymond F. Jones
  • Its orbital velocity, I later computed, was some twenty-two miles a second.

  • In many cases the orbital velocity has been approximately ascertained.

    Aether and Gravitation

    William George Hooper
British Dictionary definitions for orbital velocity

orbital velocity

the velocity required by a spacecraft, satellite, etc, to enter and maintain a given orbit
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