Definition of orbiter in English:


Line breaks: or|bit¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈɔːbɪtə


  • A spacecraft designed to go into orbit, especially one that does not subsequently land: a lunar orbiter Compare with lander.
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    • This smart software can be used on all kinds of spacecraft, including orbiters, landers and rovers.
    • The program would start with lunar orbiters, which would be followed by landers and rovers, and eventually sample return missions.
    • They may involve several independent elements, such as orbiters, sub-satellites, landers, rovers, penetrators, airborne robots, planetary ascent vehicles or re-entry vehicles.

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