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.
- Compare lander.
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How to use orbiter in a sentence
The mission plans to study the atmosphere with an orbiter named Hope and its three key instruments.The UAE’s Hope probe is about to arrive at Mars in a historic first | Neel Patel | February 9, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Another mission, the Europa Clipper, that’s already underway will take higher-resolution images when the orbiter visits the Jovian moon later this decade, which should help clarify the issue.How future spacecraft might handle tricky landings on Venus or Europa | Lisa Grossman | December 23, 2020 | Science News
The samples were stored on an ascent vehicle that brought them back to an orbiter on December 6.China just brought moon rocks back to Earth for the first time in its history | Neel Patel | December 16, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Researchers led by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency have already developed designs and demonstrated an orbiter system which should be able to do this.Solar Power Stations in Space Could Be the Answer to Our Energy Needs | Amanda Jane Hughes | November 27, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Once the material is scooped up, the sample will be stored onto an ascent vehicle that will ferry it back to the orbiter flying above.China launches its first mission to bring moon rocks back to Earth | Neel Patel | November 23, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
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.
British Dictionary definitions for orbiter
a spacecraft or satellite designed to orbit a planet or other body without landing on it: Compare lander
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