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intr. & tr.v. de·or·bit·ed, de·or·bit·ing, de·or·bits
To go or cause to go out of orbit.
The act or process of going out of orbit.
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After about nine months orbiting Earth, the artificial star will slowly begin to deorbit and when it does it will be pulled down to Earth by the planet's gravity.
Dragons thrusters will be fired to move the spacecraft a safe distance from the station before SpaceX flight controllers in Hawthorne, California, command its deorbit burn.
After the initial loss of contact, with a joint effort by EchoStar and Lockheed Martin, a command and control link was re-established and deorbit manoeuvers performed," saidDerek de Bastos, Chief Technology officer for EchoStar Satellite Services L.
To avoid the legal issues surrounding ADR for debris belonging to other countries, CleanSpace One plans to only deorbit its own out-of-commission nanosatellite.
Officially, the mission ends with Juno's deorbit on February 20, 2018.
Soon after the deorbit burn, explosive bolts split the Soyuz into three.
The spacecraft starts from a circular LEO with the altitude of 400 km and the deorbit window is shown in Table 1.
They will perform a separation burn to increase the distance from the station before executing a 4-minute, 41-second deorbit burn at 7:19 a.
For example, a craft that could patrol and collect small debris could similarly be tasked to deorbit components of satellites belonging to another nation or competitive entity.
24) Additionally, in 1997, an unmanned Russian Progress resupply spacecraft collided with the Mir space station, causing one module to depressurize and the space station to spiral out of control and almost deorbit.
It will also fly innovative new technologies such as a 'WARP DRiVE' (Water Alcohol Resistojet Propulsion Deorbit Re-entry Velocity Experiment) and electric Pulsed Plasma Thrusters (PPTs); both 'firsts' to fly on a nanosatellite.
Dr Patrick Harkness of the school of engineering has led the development of the Aerodynamic End Of Life Deorbit System, or AEOLDOS, to help ensure that objects sent into space can be removed from orbit at the end of their operational cycle.