from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something that orbits, especially a spacecraft that orbits a planet or moon without landing on it.
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- n. an object which orbits another, especially a spacecraft that orbits a planet etc. without landing on it
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- n. man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon
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I stated that the development and production cost of Shuttle C would approach that of Ares V since the orbiter is an expendable vehicle.
Frank's note: The Shuttle arrangement whereby the orbiter is attached in essence to the first stage launch system s the worst of all possible worlds-I agree.
The advantage of a Mars orbiter is that it uses proven, existing technology and existing or near-term space products.
Look at the booster to tank mounts and the orbiter is mounted to the tank.
Marcel - will more and more astronauts and former officials come out against the retirement of the shuttle when (that's WHEN, not IF) the next crew and orbiter is lost and the "fleet" is down to two?
The orbiter is very dependent on the crew for rendezvous and docking.
We just saw how useful an orbiter is as a working platform during the hubbles upgrade.
The mission consists of a main orbiter and two baby satellites equipped with 14 observation instruments designed to examine surface terrain, gravity and other features for clues on the origin and evolution of the moon.
The orbiter is now looking for a nice tumbler and some Chivas. posted by Eric 7: 47 AM |
Within seconds the assembly rotates and aims on course, tilting slightly off the vertical and rolling so that the orbiter is inverted beneath the external tank.