ballistic trajectory

noun
the path of an unpowered object, as a missile, moving only under the influence of gravity and possibly atmospheric friction and with its surface providing no significant lift to alter the course of flight.
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Any body on a ballistic trajectory is following an orbital path.
The boost phase is the period during which the missile's engines are firing, boosting the payload into a ballistic trajectory.
The satellite was in orbit rather than on a ballistic trajectory.
The initial potential energy of each particle is a function of the height of its ballistic trajectory.
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