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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Instead, they go into a so-called "graveyard orbit," a few hundred kilometers above the geostationary belt.
"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."
NASA is now helping to draft the first international standards for orbital-debris reduction, which would include the establishment of a 21,650-mile-high "graveyard orbit."
(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.