Re: GOES-12 deorbit?

From: Chris Jones (
Date: Mon Aug 19 2013 - 23:40:52 UTC

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    On 8/19/2013 5:41 PM, Jonathan McDowell wrote:
    > I doubt it was a typo - I've seen 'deorbit' used in this sense more and
    > more over the past 10 years - a very unfortunate re-appropriation
    > of what was once a well-defined technical term. I agree that 're-orbit' is
    > preferable, although still ugly.  Perhaps 'de-station' might be better?
    > (given that people are unwilling to type something fuller like  'send to a
    > retirement orbit')
    > On 19 August 2013 17:35, Brian Weeden <> wrote:
    >> The appropriate (but still confusing) term is "re-orbit".  Perhaps it was a
    >> typo.
    I don't like "re-orbit" (with or without the hyphen) for the same reason 
    I don't like "deorbit": the satellite is neither reentering or leaving 
    orbit, so the terms are incorrect.  "de-station" is better.  If we don't 
    mind verbing another word, perhaps "graveyarding" (the gerund form of 
    the verb "to graveyard") would do.
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