the minimum velocity at which a body must move to maintain a given orbit.
- Compare circular velocity.
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How to use orbital velocity in a sentence
The successful test in December still proved out the viability of Astra’s model — though it fell slightly short of achieving orbital velocity for actual payload delivery.
But, because of it's great mass, our orbital velocity is something terrific!
Our orbital velocity is seven hundred thousand kilometers per second!
At the orbital velocity of the ship, focussing on the star was indeed a difficult thing to do.
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
the velocity required by a spacecraft, satellite, etc, to enter and maintain a given orbit
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