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aerobrake

[air-oh-breyk] /ˈɛər oʊˌbreɪk/
verb (used without object), aerobraked, aerobraking.
1.
(of a spacecraft or satellite) to reduce velocity by taking advantage of a planet's atmospheric drag.
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  • Special methods such as aerobraking are sometimes used for this final orbital adjustment.
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aerobraking

/ˈɛərəʊˌbreɪkɪŋ/
noun
1.
the use of aerodynamic braking in extremely low-density atmospheres in space at hypersonic Mach numbers
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