aerobrake

[air-oh-breyk]

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.

Nearby words

  1. aerobicize,
  2. aerobics,
  3. aerobiology,
  4. aerobiosis,
  5. aerobium,
  6. aerobraking,
  7. aerocele,
  8. aerocolpos,
  9. aeroculture,
  10. aerodermectasia

Origin of aerobrake

First recorded in 1970–75; aero- + brake1

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British Dictionary definitions for aerobraking

aerobraking

noun

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