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perform a burn

 
 
fansy
 
Reply Tue 14 Sep, 2010 08:08 pm
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In mid-August, the spacecraft will perform a burn to bring it into a circular orbit of 50km above the lunar surface. This will give LROC a resolution of 50cm per pixel.


"To perform a burn " is a technical jargon, but what does it mean?
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engineer
 
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Reply Tue 14 Sep, 2010 08:24 pm
@fansy,
It means to use its engine for a time to change its speed. Most of the time spacecrafts coast without using their engines.
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McTag
 
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Reply Wed 15 Sep, 2010 03:35 am

That's right. Chemical engines, rockets, they have be ignited, they burn.
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