noun U.S. Aerospace.
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.
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Origin of orbiter
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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.
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agent noun from orbit (v.).
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