parking orbit


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parking orbit

n.
A temporary orbit for a spacecraft.

parking orbit

n
(Astronautics) an orbit around the earth or moon in which a spacecraft can be placed temporarily in order to prepare for the next step in its programme
Translations
orbite d’attente
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Roscosmos said the telescope, named Spektr-RG, was delivered into a parking orbit before a final burn Saturday that kicked the spacecraft out of Earth's orbit and on to its final destination: the L2 Lagrange point, according to the Associated Press (AP).
The apprehension strengthened in 2010, with the launch of the Chang'e 2 lunar orbital probe, which spent some time in a stable parking orbit high above Earth--placement, according to Paul Spudis of the Planetary Institute, that would seem to indicate a desire to control space in a military fashion.
From this point in the mission, the Breeze M performed planned mission maneuvers to advance the orbital unit first to a nearly circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geosynchronous transfer orbit.
From this point in the mission, the Breeze M performed planned mission maneuvers to advance the orbital unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geostationary transfer orbit.
About ten minutes later, after separation of the first three stages, the Fregat upper stage ignited, delivering Gaia into a temporary parking orbit at an altitude of 175 km.
Impulsive thrust enables rapid yet small changes in orbit, and continuous electric thrust builds up the energy to reach a stable parking orbit enabling repetition of the process.
The ATV will remain in a parking orbit and then is scheduled to dock with the ISS on April 3.
In the early 1960s the prevalent technique involved placing the rocket's upper stage in a circular, low-Earth "Parking orbit" before continuing on.
During the course of the trial (which ESA bills as a 'world first'), Artemis was in a temporary parking orbit 31,000 km above the Earth, while the SPOT 4 satellite was at an altitude of 832 km.
The Iridium NEXT constellation offers global connectivity thanks to 66 interconnected satellites at an altitude of 780 km, along with nine spares in parking orbit and six more spare satellites on the ground.
The fist stage booster of the rocket will then separate and the ship will sit in parking orbit. The booster will then return to Earth where a propeller tanker will be added to it.
This SSTO mission utilized a 5-burn Breeze M mission design to advance the orbital unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a super-synchronous transfer orbit.