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IEVref:725-11-07ID:
Language:enStatus: Standard
Term: orbit
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Definition: 1) the path, relative to a specified frame of reference, described by the centre of mass of a satellite or other object in space, subjected solely to forces of natural origin, mainly the force of gravity

2) by extension, the path described by the centre of mass of an object in space subjected to forces of natural origin and occasional corrective forces exerted by a propulsive device in order to achieve and maintain a desired path


Publication date:1994-08
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