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.’
    • ‘After its soft landing, the circular capsule opened like a flower, deploying its antennas, and began transmitting photographs and television images back to Earth’
    • ‘Furthermore, the recovery of the experiment hardware after a nominal soft landing under parachute allows for its re-use in future missions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The pallet descended to a soft landing under almost two acres of parachutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After being fully decelerated by the atmosphere, the capsule is designed to deploy a parachute for 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.’
    • ‘But even a soft landing can still shake up the crew, whose bodies must quickly adjust from zero-gravity to Earth's gravitational pull.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Surveyor 1 made a successful soft landing in three centimeters of dust in the Ocean of Storms in June 1966.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Soviet Union concentrated on unmanned flights, Luna IX achieving a soft landing on the Moon in 1966.’
    • ‘On January 31, 1966 the USSR launched Luna 9, which made mankind's first soft landing on the Moon.’
    • ‘The Shuttle made a soft landing on the landing pad.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 The slowing down of economic growth at an acceptable degree relative to inflation and unemployment.
      • ‘Although the economy is projected to come off that growth peak, commentators are predicting a soft landing, with growth slowing to just below trend.’
      • ‘"Everything looks pretty rosy and still placed solidly for a soft landing, " JPMorgan economist Ben Simpfendorfer said.’
      • ‘The bank report attributed the expected soft landing to the government's ‘balanced development strategy’ and macroeconomic control policies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With the prudent approach taken by developers and lenders, we have secured a soft landing in the transition period.’
      • ‘Many contractors now are guardedly optimistic that they will be able to manage a soft landing as the recession ends.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The economy is now at a crucial stage where a dip in confidence or mishandling could turn a soft landing into a prolonged recession.’
      • ‘Friends First director of investment strategy, economist Jim Power, said the slowdown was not surprising and indicated a soft landing for the economy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They're looking at where the market is going to go and I think it will be a soft landing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The factors favoring this New Economy-style soft landing include a combination of good monetary and fiscal policy and a resilient economy.’
      • ‘We expect a soft landing over the rest of this year and into 2005 as the market returns to more normal sustainable levels.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘The market will be coming off a five-year boom and will experience a soft landing next year.’
      • ‘The aim is to achieve what economists call a soft landing, turning that headlong rush into continued, sustainable growth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’