Definition of suborbital
1 : situated beneath the eye or the orbit of the eye
2 : being or involving less than one orbit (as of the earth or moon); also : intended for suborbital flight
Recent Examples of suborbital from the Web
Blue Origin flew a reusable suborbital rocket, and SpaceX has flown reused orbital rockets.
Companies such as Virgin Galactic, Airbus and XCOR are working on vehicles that could be used to ferry tourists and mini satellites into space, as well as providing speedy suborbital passenger flight.
When ISRO first tested the GSLV Mk III back in December 2014, the space agency only flew the lower stages of the rocket on a suborbital flight.
But for the time being, Blue Origin is mostly interested in conducting suborbital flights for tourists.
In February, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo passed its third glide-flight test, putting it on pace to offer suborbital space tourism by the end of 2018.
And because this is the 21st century, the New Shepard cabin was designed for passengers to share their suborbital experiences on social media.
Bezos wants to go space, too Maybe Mars isn't in Bezos' immediate future, but plans on offering suborbital rides into space using a New Shepard space capsule system introduced earlier this month.
The company, owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, will begin flying test pilots next year on suborbital rides of its New Shepard reusable booster and capsule.
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Medical Definition of suborbital
: situated or occurring beneath the eye or the orbit of the eye suborbital fat
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