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parking orbit

noun, Aerospace.
a temporary orbit in which a spacecraft awaits the next phase of its mission.
Origin of parking orbit
First recorded in 1955-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The starship took up a parking orbit around the capital planet of Acquataine Cluster.

    The Dueling Machine Benjamin William Bova
British Dictionary definitions for parking orbit

parking orbit

an orbit around the earth or moon in which a spacecraft can be placed temporarily in order to prepare for the next step in its programme
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