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Voyager 2 path

The Planetary Grand Tour trajectory of Voyager 2.

Slingshotting is a practice where a pilot uses the gravity well, also known as the gravitational field or pull, of an astronomical body to get a boost in velocity. This is done by closely skimming a sufficiently large gravity well, essentially beginning to "fall" into the well, but staying just far enough to avoid being captured by said well. A portion of this velocity is retained from this "falling" upon exiting the gravity well. The phenomena is more formally known as a gravitational-assist.

A gravitational-assist maneuver can either accelerate or decelerate a body, by either either approaching the object pro-grade (accelerating) or retro-grade (decelerating).

The slingshot maneuver is different from aerobraking, wherein the planet's atmosphere is used to slowdown or change the orbit of a spacecraft.

Media Edit

Video Edit

Alright, Darling! Saddle Up! Slingshot Time

Alright, Darling! Saddle Up! Slingshot Time.

Events Edit

Occurrences (TV)
Description Episode Timestamp Vessel Character Participant
Evading MCRN blockade over Jupiter AO and Ganymede "Here There Be Dragons" 25:09 Rocinante Alex Kamal
Enthusiast Club and Gambling Ring "CQB" 13:40 Piper Scout? the real Bizi Betiko
Occurences (Books)
Description Book Chapter & Page Vessel Character Participant
Extreme sport Abaddon's Gate Prologue Y Que Manéo Jung-Espinoza AKA Néo

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