launch window


Also found in: Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

launch window

n
(Astronautics) the limited period during which a spacecraft can be launched on a particular mission
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

launch′ win`dow


n.
the time period when a spacecraft must be launched if it is to achieve its mission.
[1960–65]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

launch window

The earliest and latest time a rocket may launch.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
Translations
fenêtre de lancement
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
The launch is scheduled for 20 June during a launch window opening at 21:43 UTC and closing at 23:30 UTC.
NASA has given it a July 17 - August 5 2020 launch window. Its expected to land on Mars' Jezero Crater on February 18 2021.
The live launch window will start 15 minutes prior to the liftoff.
The brief launch window of July 14 to August 3 was chosen to maximise the chances of success of the mission.
Lyft has not yet announced a specific launch window for a Level 5-capable car.
The rocket fired at the close of Sunday's five-minute launch window from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the Atlantic coast of Virginia.
If needed, a backup instantaneous launch window is on Saturday, June 3, at 5:07 p.m.
The launch window for both missions, which include two sounding rockets each, is February 13 through March 3.
The next launch window is in 2018 due to the position of Earth and Mars in their orbits.
The latest countdown was stalled with only 3 minutes remaining as launch controllers rushed to fix the problem before the mid-morning launch window expired.
due to the probability of space debris movement during the launch window.