orbiter

Definitions of orbiter
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n man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon

Synonyms:
artificial satellite, satellite
Examples:
Salyut
either of two Soviet space stations launched in the 1970s
Skylab
United States space station; in orbit from 1973 to 1979
Types:
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astronomy satellite
a satellite equipped with a telescope to observe infrared radiation
communications satellite
an artificial satellite that relays signals back to earth; moves in a geostationary orbit
ballistic capsule, space vehicle, spacecraft
a craft capable of traveling in outer space; technically, a satellite around the sun
space laboratory, space platform, space station
a manned artificial satellite in a fixed orbit designed for scientific research
sputnik
a Russian artificial satellite
spy satellite
a satellite with sensors to detect nuclear explosions
meteorological satellite, weather satellite
a satellite that transmits frequent picture of the earth below
lander
a space vehicle that is designed to land on the moon or another planet
LEM, lunar excursion module, lunar module
a spacecraft that carries astronauts from the command module to the surface of the moon and back
capsule, space capsule
a spacecraft designed to transport people and support human life in outer space
space shuttle
a reusable spacecraft with wings for a controlled descent through the Earth's atmosphere
spaceship, starship
a spacecraft designed to carry a crew into interstellar space (especially in science fiction)
Type of:
equipment
an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service

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