Something that orbits, especially a spacecraft that orbits a planet or moon without landing on it.(noun)
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Use "orbiter" in a sentence
"I stated that the development and production cost of Shuttle C would approach that of Ares V since the orbiter is an expendable vehicle."
"Frank's note: The Shuttle arrangement whereby the orbiter is attached in essence to the first stage launch system s the worst of all possible worlds-I agree."
"The advantage of a Mars orbiter is that it uses proven, existing technology and existing or near-term space products."