parking orbit


noun Aerospace.

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

Nearby words

  1. parking,
  2. parking brake,
  3. parking disc,
  4. parking lot,
  5. parking meter,
  6. parking ramp,
  7. parking strip,
  8. parking ticket,
  9. parkinson,
  10. parkinson's disease

Origin of parking orbit

First recorded in 1955–60

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British Dictionary definitions for parking orbit

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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