One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A change in the flight path of a spacecraft using the gravitational pull of a celestial body.Compare with slingshot
- ‘The current controversy concerning Cassini's upcoming Earth swingby centers on the risk of the spacecraft accidentally re-entering the Earth's atmosphere.’
- ‘A swingby is efficient and cost-effective.’
- ‘This will be the first time lunar swingbys have been used to manipulate orbits of more than one spacecraft.’
- ‘Of course, nothing eventful happened with our Earth swingby.’
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