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Language:enStatus: Standard
Term: roll axis (of a spacecraft)
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Definition: the first of a set of three orthogonal coordinate axes, called the roll, pitch and yaw axes, defined by convention for a spacecraft and used as a reference for locating elements of the spacecraft, for describing rotation of the spacecraft and for specifying the attitude of the spacecraft relative to a system of external coordinates

NOTE – For a geostationary satellite the roll axis is usually made approximately tangent to the orbit.


Publication date:1994-08
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