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


1. Having or following a trajectory of less than one orbit. Used of a rocket or spacecraft.
2. Anatomy Situated on or below the floor of the orbit of the eye.
A suborbital part, such as a bone, nerve, or cartilage.


1. (Astronautics) (of a rocket, missile, etc) having a flight path that is less than one complete orbit of the earth or other celestial body
2. (Anatomy) anatomy situated beneath the orbit of the eye


(sʌbˈɔr bɪ tl)

making less than a complete orbit of the earth or some other planetary body.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.suborbital - having or involving a trajectory of less than one orbit; "the first manned suborbital flight"
2.suborbital - situated on or below the floor of the eye socket; "a suborbital bone"


[ˈsʌbˈɔːbɪtəl] ADJsuborbital
References in periodicals archive ?
The opportunity to test the technologies in suborbital space is significant for the developers of space, Biomedical and pharmaceutical technologies, Enabling them to advance the technology maturity or achieve space demonstration and qualification/certification, Which otherwise will take more time or even will be impossible.
This article reviews a concept for the use of commercial suborbital spacecraft for military purposes, allowing the Air Force once again to enhance survivability via altitude and airspeed.
NASA has selected Blue Origin, LLC to integrate and fly technology payloads near the boundary of space on their New Shepard suborbital spacecraft in support of NASA's flight opportunities program, the company said.
M2 EQUITYBITES-June 6, 2016-NASA awards contract to Blue Origin for suborbital flight services
com/jeff-bezos-blue-origin-announces-third-successful-rocket-landing-2347466) thrice , will now compete with five other companies - Masten Space Systems, Near Space Corporation, UP Aerospace, Virgin Galactic and World View Enterprises - for opportunities to carry payloads to suborbital space.
The company uses a special payload system that allows monitoring and carrying out of microgravity research on its New Shepherd suborbital vehicle.
MOSKOVA (CyHAN)- A Russian privately owned company called CosmoCourse declared its intent to create a reusable suborbital tourist spacecraft.
The system that is being developed by KosmoKurs consists of a reusable suborbital launch vehicle and reusable suborbital spacecraft for space trips at an altitude of 200 km.
Atlantic, Jumada I 5, 1436, Feb 24, 2015, SPA -- Three suborbital rockets have been launched for the Department of Defense from NASA's facility on Wallops Island in Virginia.
VIRGIN Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, a six-passenger, two-pilot spacecraft aiming to make the world's first commercial suborbital spaceflights later this year, conducted its third rocket-powered test flight on Friday.
Participants in the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC-2013), to be held June 3-5 in Broomfield, outside Boulder, Colo.
Axe, known as Lynx in some parts of the world, with SXC has secured 22 seats aboard the suborbital spacecraft, aptly named, the Lynx.