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 Time00:30

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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