In the video Arianespace TV VS 21 Live Launch English after the spacecraft has entered "cruise" in LEO, the announcer says: Once the frigate is sent an “Engine off” we enter what we call the ballistic phase, and ballistic is probably a word I’m guessing that you’ve heard quite a lot over the years, and I believe, correct me if I’m wrong, that it means ...


If you look at a pure definition from Webster's the answer is ambiguous with respect to in-orbit flight: of or relating to the science of the motion of projectiles in flight In most contexts I've seen, ballistic usually implies intersecting the central body. However orbiting satellites in low orbit (where atmospheric effects are noticeable) have a ...


Here is a generic trajectory. Source (see for more details)

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