Definition of aerobrake in English:


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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
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    • 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.


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  • A mechanism for aerobraking.
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    • 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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