- Also called space shuttle orbiter. the crew- and payload-carrying component of the space shuttle.
- a space probe designed to orbit a planetary body or moon.
Origin of orbiter
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Examples from the Web for orbiter
However, the probe stayed in contact with the Rosetta orbiter and has already sent back some photos.
The basic approach went as planned: after separating from the Rosetta orbiter, Philae coasted slowly to the comet surface.
- a spacecraft or satellite designed to orbit a planet or other body without landing on itCompare lander
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Word Origin and History for orbiter
agent noun from orbit (v.).
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