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backscattering

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Astronomy and Astrophysics.

The phenomenon that occurs when radiation is scattered predominantly backwards along its original path. Rayleigh scattering and Thomson scattering generate equal amounts of forward and...

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ballistic trajectory

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The curved flight path of a spacecraft after the launch vehicle's power has ended. The launching of early spacecraft had to be configured carefully to follow the correct ballistic...

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countdown

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N. the step-by-step process leading to the initiation of missile testing, launching, and firing. It is performed in accordance with a predesignated time schedule.

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cutoff

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A time when a rocket engine's propellant is turned off.

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flight deck

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1 the cockpit of a large aircraft from which the pilot and crew fly it.

2 the deck of an aircraft carrier, used for takeoff and landing.

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flight path

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The actual or planned course of a spacecraft. The specific direction is the imaginary line followed by the centre of the spacecraft's mass.

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flight plan

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The written instructions for the general control of the spacecraft and for planned events. A space shuttle flight plan is hundreds of pages long. Crew members study a flight plan, including...

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footprint

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Of a satellite or spacecraft, the area of the Earth or other body that is being imaged by its instruments, or over which its signals can be received.

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General Dynamics Corporation

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A US corporation whose space accomplishments include the Atlas and Centaur rockets, as well as the space shuttle's mid-fuselage. It has also contributed to the Hubble Space Telescope, the I...

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g-suit

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The clothing worn by a pilot or astronaut that exerts pressure on the abdomen and lower parts of the body to prevent or retard the collection of blood below the chest during high...

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