parking orbit

parking orbit
: an orbit of a spacecraft from which the spacecraft or another vehicle may be launched on a new trajectory

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a temporary orbit in which a spacecraft awaits the next phase of its mission.

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parking orbit,
a temporary orbit in which a space vehicle is placed until an increase in its velocity sends it out into space: »

The United States has used parking orbits on its Ranger shots to the Moon. Under this technique, the probe and a booster rocket are “parked” in orbit around the earth. At the appropriate point in the orbit, the booster is re-ignited, sending the vehicle toward its goal (New York Times).

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