orbiter


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

or·bit·er

 (ôr′bĭ-tər)
n.
One that orbits, especially a spacecraft that orbits a celestial body.

orbiter

(ˈɔːbɪtə)
n
(Aeronautics) a spacecraft or satellite designed to orbit a planet or other body without landing on it. Compare lander

or•bit•er

(ˈɔr bɪ tər)

n.
1. a space probe designed to orbit a planetary body or moon.
2. the crew- and payload-carrying component of a space shuttle.
[1950–55, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.orbiter - man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moonorbiter - man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon
astronomy satellite - a satellite equipped with a telescope to observe infrared radiation
communications satellite - an artificial satellite that relays signals back to earth; moves in a geostationary orbit
equipment - an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
solar array, solar battery, solar panel - electrical device consisting of a large array of connected solar cells
ballistic capsule, space vehicle, spacecraft - a craft capable of traveling in outer space; technically, a satellite around the sun
space laboratory, space platform, space station - a manned artificial satellite in a fixed orbit designed for scientific research
sputnik - a Russian artificial satellite; "Sputnik was the first man-made satellite to orbit the earth"
spy satellite - a satellite with sensors to detect nuclear explosions
meteorological satellite, weather satellite - a satellite that transmits frequent picture of the earth below
Translations

orbiter

[ˈɔːbɪtəʳ] N (Space) → orbitador m

orbiter

n (Space) → Orbiter m, → Raumflugkörper m
References in periodicals archive ?
David Copplestone is happy to introduce his Orbiter Classic Grand Slam ring toss game, the game that he hopes will help make his creative island dream come true.
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) and India's Mars Orbiter Mission joined the 2003 Mars Express from ESA (the European Space Agency) and two from NASA: the 2001 Mars Odyssey and the 2006 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).
India's Mars Orbiter, Mangalyaan, began orbiting the planet Mars on September 24.
Smartur's first of its kind mobile app built on Augmented Reality that allows interaction with the Mars Orbiter - and a Global Selfie contest with Mars Orbiter
NASA currently is operating two Mars science orbiters with relay capabilities -- Odyssey, launched in 2001, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), launched in 2005.
Washington, May 25 ( ANI ): NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has helped capture images of the largest fresh meteor-impact crater ever firmly documented.
The country's first mission to the red planet will lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh with the Mars Orbiter on board, along with other scientific equipment.
After orbiting the moon for two years, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has beamed back more than 192 terabytes of data, scientists reported June 21.
Thomas Jones, who runs Thomas Jones Funfairs, further accepted that he had ignored a customer who told him the Orbiter ride was unsafe just moments before the incident in May 2006.
The price covers the cost of making the orbiter safe for display, removing hazardous materials - and EUR4million in shipping and handling fees.
Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, has authored Assembly Joint Resolution 52, asking the California Legislature to send a request to the president and congressional leaders to send Atlantis to Palmdale after NASA retires the orbiter in 2008.
Anfibia, Barcelona, Spain, has unveiled Desktop Orbiter version 4.