aerobrake

[ air-oh-breyk ]
/ ˈɛər oʊˌbreɪk /

verb (used without object), aer·o·braked, aer·o·brak·ing.

(of a spacecraft or satellite) to reduce velocity by taking advantage of a planet's atmospheric drag.

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Origin of aerobrake

First recorded in 1970–75; aero- + brake1
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