noun U.S. Aerospace.
Also called space shuttle orbiter. the crew- and payload-carrying component of the space shuttle.
a space probe designed to orbit a planetary body or moon.
Compare lander.

1950–55, Americanism; orbit + -er1

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orbiter (ˈɔːbɪtə)
Compare lander a spacecraft or satellite designed to orbit a planet or other body without landing on it

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Example sentences
The orbiter will require six years to reach its destination.
The orbiter systems are so complex, a standing army is necessary to fly one.
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