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noun Aerospace.

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

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Origin of parking orbit

First recorded in 1955–60
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parking orbit

noun

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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