ALL meanings of aerobraking

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  • noun aerobraking the use of aerodynamic braking in extremely low-density atmospheres in space at hypersonic Mach numbers 3
  • noun aerobraking The use of atmospheric drag to reduce the velocity of a spacecraft, especially so as to establish a stable orbit and to reduce fuel consumption. 1
  • verb without object aerobraking (of a spacecraft or satellite) to reduce velocity by taking advantage of a planet's atmospheric drag. 1
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