parking orbit

  1. a temporary orbit in which a spacecraft awaits the next phase of its mission.

Origin of parking orbit

First recorded in 1955–60

Words Nearby parking orbit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use parking orbit in a sentence

  • By the time I was able to capture enough breath to make coherent sounds, the shuttler was already approaching parking orbit.

    Attrition | Jim Wannamaker
  • The starship took up a parking orbit around the capital planet of Acquataine Cluster.

    The Dueling Machine | Benjamin William Bova

British Dictionary definitions for parking orbit

parking orbit

  1. an orbit around the earth or moon in which a spacecraft can be placed temporarily in order to prepare for the next step in its programme

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