coast period

Related Overviews


'coast period' can also refer to...


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

A time during which a spacecraft or satellite moves without power. During a space shuttle's launch of a satellite, the satellite's coast period after release is at least five minutes, before its thrusters ignite at the apogee of its orbit. Normally, a satellite is deployed into its orbit 3 hours and 28 minutes after lift-off.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.