from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To go or cause to go out of orbit.
- n. The act or process of going out of orbit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause to leave orbit.
- v. Of an orbiting object, such as a satellite, to leave orbit.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
M. O'BRIEN: We are one minute into that rocket firing they call the deorbit burn, two minutes and 42 seconds worth of rocket firing.
The second stage of the deorbit was the transfer of the station into a 165 x 220 km (103 x 137 mi) orbit.
The deorbit burn is beginning as I type this blog post.
The so-called "deorbit burn" is scheduled to begin at 4: 47 p.m.
This two-minute, 35-second deorbit burn will slow the orbiter's forward speed by about 267 feet per second, enough to begin its descent through the atmosphere.
Orbit 196, landing at Edwards (deorbit burn at 8: 42 a.m.) 10: 04 a.m.,
Now it is in MOMENTUM mode and the goal is just Get It Done For The Sake Of International Commitments (and deorbit it ASAP thereafter).
Orbit 197, landing at Edwards (deorbit burn at 10: 24 a.m.) 11: 42 a.m.,
Perhaps there is an application where we can send up a fleet of small Clippers in a larger heavy lift vehicle and release them into the wild in orbit where they can fly around performing various tasks (think Mitex or space junk removal) and when they get to a certain point in fuel, deorbit and fly back home to a safe landing to be refitted and fueled for their next assignment.
Orbit 196, landing at Kennedy (deorbit burn at 8: 57 a.m.) 11: 39 a.m.,
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