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Cause a spacecraft to slow down by flying through a planet's rarefied atmosphere to produce aerodynamic drag.
- ‘Martian orbiters can use aerobraking to reduce the amount of propellant they need.’
- ‘Flight controllers also tested a new maneuvering technique called aerobraking, which uses a planet's atmosphere to slow a spacecraft.’
- ‘Odyssey used the same dips into the atmosphere, known as aerobraking, to shape its orbit during the initial months after it reached Mars.’
- ‘While there are a number of other missions that have successfully aerobraked into more circular and less elliptical orbits, the maneuver is never a cakewalk.’
- ‘If the planet has an atmosphere, it can be used for aerobraking to slow down the spacecraft, and this has been done at Mars.’
A mechanism for aerobraking.
- ‘The aerobrake was of identical geometry and construction as the MEV aerobrake, but was stronger and heavier.’
- ‘Emphasis was placed on validating the performance of the aerobrake subsystem.’
- ‘The aerobrake - a huge, convex disc underneath the spacecraft - was producing friction with the Martian atmosphere.’
- ‘The cargo lander would include an aerobrake heat shield and a nuclear reactor on a robot truck.’
- ‘They dive through the sun's corona at one point, and aerobrake into orbit around Jupiter.’
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