parking orbit

noun Aerospace.
a temporary orbit in which a spacecraft awaits the next phase of its mission.

Origin:
1955–60

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parking orbit
 
n
an orbit around the earth or moon in which a spacecraft can be placed temporarily in order to prepare for the next step in its programme

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Constraints on parking orbit perigee radius and duration are included.
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