Definition of aerocapture
- But two of the flight plans call for “direct insertion” by aerocapture. In other words, the spacecraft will come screaming into the Martian atmosphere, where drag, not retrorockets, will slow it down.
- —Tony Reichhardt, Air & Space, October/November 1999
- Aerocapture is being developed for robotic probe missions such as the Mars rovers.
- —Shelby G. Spires, Seattle Times, 15 Jan. 2004