graveyard orbit


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graveyard orbit

n
(Astronautics) another name for dump orbit
Translations
orbite de rebutorbite de satellite au rebut
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The MR-510 electric thrusters are used for north-south station keeping and to propel the satellite into a graveyard orbit, where it will not pose any threat to other spacecraft in the geostationary-orbit arc, at the end of its mission.
EchoStar III is now safely in a graveyard orbit more than 350kms above the geostationary arc with its fuel and pressurants depleted, batteries drained, and systems shut down.
EchoStar III is now safely in a graveyard orbit more than 350 kilometers above the geostationary arc with its fuel and pressurants depleted, batteries drained, and systems shut down.
13) Some believe that Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee guidelines, expanded International Telecommunication Union (ITU) registration, or the standard practice of boosting payloads to graveyard orbits offer avenues for assigning fault against those who do not comply with such norms in the future.
In order to reduce the collision probability, GSO satellites are placed in graveyard orbits at the end of their operational life.
They include venting excess rocket fuel into space and switching off battery-charging lines when missions are completed to reduce the risk of explosion; de-orbiting old satellites from LEO so they burn up in the atmosphere; and boosting satellites in GEO into graveyard orbits at the end of their life.
For both issues, a credible solution has emerged over the recent years: actively removing heavy debris objects by capturing them and then either disposing them by destructive re-entry in Earth atmosphere or disposing them in graveyard orbits.