aerodynamic braking


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aerodynamic braking

n
1. (Aeronautics) the use of aerodynamic drag to slow spacecraft re-entering the atmosphere
2. (Aeronautics) the use of airbrakes to retard flying vehicles or objects
3. (Aeronautics) the use of a parachute or reversed thrust to decelerate an aircraft during landing
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The satellite seems to be rolling as it tumbles, which over the course of time will slow down due to aerodynamic braking.
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