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aerobrake

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Definition of aerobrake in English:

verb

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Cause a spacecraft to slow down by flying through a planet’s rarefied atmosphere to produce aerodynamic drag: they were going to be aerobraking to reduce speed
More example sentences
  • If the planet has an atmosphere, it can be used for aerobraking to slow down the spacecraft, and this has been done at Mars.
  • Martian orbiters can use aerobraking to reduce the amount of propellant they need.
  • Odyssey used the same dips into the atmosphere, known as aerobraking, to shape its orbit during the initial months after it reached Mars.

noun

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A mechanism for aerobraking.
Example sentences
  • The cargo lander would include an aerobrake heat shield and a nuclear reactor on a robot truck.
  • The aerobrake - a huge, convex disc underneath the spacecraft - was producing friction with the Martian atmosphere.
  • They dive through the sun's corona at one point, and aerobrake into orbit around Jupiter.

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