retrorocket

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ret·ro·rock·et

 (rĕt′rō-rŏk′ĭt)
n.
A rocket engine used to retard, arrest, or reverse the motion of a vehicle, such as an aircraft, missile, or spacecraft.

retrorocket

(ˈrɛtrəʊˌrɒkɪt)
n
(Astronautics) a small auxiliary rocket engine on a larger rocket, missile, or spacecraft, that produces thrust in the opposite direction to the direction of flight in order to decelerate the vehicle or make it move backwards. Often shortened to: retro

ret•ro•rock•et

(ˈrɛ troʊˌrɒk ɪt)

n.
a small auxiliary rocket engine with its exhaust nozzle aimed in the direction of flight, used for decelerating a larger rocket, separating one stage from another, etc.
[1945–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.retrorocket - a small rocket engine on a larger rocket or spacecraft that is fired to slow or alter its course
rocket engine, rocket - a jet engine containing its own propellant and driven by reaction propulsion
Translations

retrorocket

[ˈretrəʊˈrɒkɪt] Nretrocohete m

retrorocket

nBremsrakete f

retrorocket

[ˈrɛtrəʊˌrɒkɪt] nretrorazzo
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For example, NASA's methods rely on parachutes, airbags, and small retrorockets, but this would not cut the mustard for heavy, crewed missions to Mars, which will involve payloads roughly 20 times what Curiosity's descent technology can handle.
The retrorockets were briefly fired up, however it appears that they may have shut off earlier than anticipated, at a height that still has to be specified.
A thinner Martian atmosphere means designing a parachute system that will operate at such a low pressure or allowing more weight for retrorockets to slow the capsule.
After Carpenter fired the retrorockets to power his return, NASA controllers lost radio contact and feared a tragedy.
An entry system may include a heat shield, parachute and retrorockets, all with the sole purpose of slowing ourselves down from thousands of miles per hour to less than 1mph in a controlled and safe fashion.