Definition of soft landing in English:

soft landing

noun

  • 1A controlled landing of a spacecraft during which no serious damage is incurred.

    • ‘The Stardust spacecraft will return to Earth in January 2006, and its sample return capsule will make a soft landing at the U.S. Air Force Utah Test and Training Range.’
    • ‘The Soviet Union concentrated on unmanned flights, Luna IX achieving a soft landing on the Moon in 1966.’
    • ‘Foton doesn't rely only on parachutes for its soft landing: there is also a retro-rocket system that ignites as the package nears the ground.’
    • ‘Surveyor 1 made a successful soft landing in three centimeters of dust in the Ocean of Storms in June 1966.’
    • ‘The pallet descended to a soft landing under almost two acres of parachutes.’
    • ‘The Shuttle made a soft landing on the landing pad.’
    • ‘This mode had the advantage of simplicity but the disadvantage of requiring an enormous and expensive vehicle that could carry the fuel needed to make a soft landing on the Moon and relaunch from the lunar surface.’
    • ‘He may not have been into space himself, but having helped design re-entry modules to enable soft landings on Earth, Mars, Venus and other planets, he knows what he is talking about.’
    • ‘A slow rendezvous, or even a soft landing, was totally out of the question: Icarus would be moving too fast by 1968 for a spacecraft to reach it and then reverse direction for a rendezvous.’
    • ‘After being fully decelerated by the atmosphere, the capsule is designed to deploy a parachute for soft-landing.’
    • ‘While he was flying nothing strange happened, but just moments, before he supposed to crush to the ground, the antigravitational forces come to work and Dimitri had a very soft landing.’
    • ‘As Hayabusa continued its flight down to the asteroid, it homed in on the Target Marker it dropped onto the surface of Itokawa before its first soft landing on November 20.’
    • ‘After leaving orbit, the spherical compartment separated from the equipment module and descended through the atmosphere, but it was not designed for a soft landing.’
    • ‘After being fully decelerated by the atmosphere, the Hayabusa capsule is designed to deploy a parachute for a soft landing in June 2007, in, as it stands now, south Australia.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the recovery of the experiment hardware after a nominal soft landing under parachute allows for its re-use in future missions.’
    • ‘After its soft landing, the circular capsule opened like a flower, deploying its antennas, and began transmitting photographs and television images back to Earth’
    • ‘On January 31, 1966 the USSR launched Luna 9, which made mankind's first soft landing on the Moon.’
    • ‘But even a soft landing can still shake up the crew, whose bodies must quickly adjust from zero-gravity to Earth's gravitational pull.’
    • ‘Each of the inexpensive tail cones correctly guides its container to its mark and opens the parachute so it makes a soft landing and is recovered by friendly forces.’
    1. 1.1The slowing down of economic growth at an acceptable degree relative to inflation and unemployment.
      • ‘Xiao said he believed the economy would have a soft landing because the recent macro-economic index had demonstrated the effectiveness of austerity measures adopted this year.’
      • ‘Calling on the government to moderate its spending policies next year, the Central Bank said such a move could make the difference ‘between a hard and a soft landing for the economy.’’
      • ‘"Everything looks pretty rosy and still placed solidly for a soft landing, " JPMorgan economist Ben Simpfendorfer said.’
      • ‘The factors favoring this New Economy-style soft landing include a combination of good monetary and fiscal policy and a resilient economy.’
      • ‘Friends First director of investment strategy, economist Jim Power, said the slowdown was not surprising and indicated a soft landing for the economy.’
      • ‘Although the economy is projected to come off that growth peak, commentators are predicting a soft landing, with growth slowing to just below trend.’
      • ‘With the prudent approach taken by developers and lenders, we have secured a soft landing in the transition period.’
      • ‘Bringing the real estate market to a soft landing will not only bring closure to a previous economic era but provide the stable foundation for a prosperous new one.’
      • ‘The market will be coming off a five-year boom and will experience a soft landing next year.’
      • ‘The economy is now at a crucial stage where a dip in confidence or mishandling could turn a soft landing into a prolonged recession.’
      • ‘While the rapid acceleration in house prices may be on the wane, houses are not expected to lose their value and the property market is expected to have a soft landing.’
      • ‘This economy is slowing far more than anybody anticipated, certainly more than Alan Greenspan anticipated, when he suggested that we had to slow down the economy to get a soft landing.’
      • ‘Many contractors now are guardedly optimistic that they will be able to manage a soft landing as the recession ends.’
      • ‘The bank report attributed the expected soft landing to the government's ‘balanced development strategy’ and macroeconomic control policies.’
      • ‘The aim is to achieve what economists call a soft landing, turning that headlong rush into continued, sustainable growth.’
      • ‘They're looking at where the market is going to go and I think it will be a soft landing.’
      • ‘This is in line with the decline in house price inflation in recent months and is indicative of a soft landing rather than a house price crash.’
      • ‘There is also a question about whether there could be a hard landing for the housing market alongside a soft landing for the economy as a whole.’
      • ‘Up until today every sign was pointing to the property market slowing down, heading for a relatively soft landing instead of the much-feared crash.’
      • ‘We expect a soft landing over the rest of this year and into 2005 as the market returns to more normal sustainable levels.’