an orbit around the earth or some other planet from which a space vehicle can be launched farther into space; also, an orbit which is stable and from which visits to the planet surface can conveniently be made
Approaching Earth, he called over the patrol frequency and asked for a parking orbit, as he did not wish to set the Chili down on Earth.
They hung in parking orbit while their possible future home was examined from the control room.
I want the ship placed in a parking orbit.
Even had the strangers come that night, if they had left their ship in a parking orbit and landed on World by dropshaft, it might not have happened.
The planet’s effective mass would change, and perhaps even its center of gravity…so that what had been a stable parking orbit for the Enterprise at one moment would become unstable and fragment-strewn the next.
It took more time than they thought it would, and they had to leave their parking orbit and retreat further from Anteron III to make them safer from any possible reprisals.
A plan of action was needed, and quickly. He was approaching a parking orbit.
Unidentified vessel, your current heading is in violation of Venus orbital priorities, alter course for high parking orbit and identify at once.
Robert A. Heinlein, "Methuselah's Children", in Astounding
Earliest cite in OED2: 1960; updated to the 1953 Heinlein cite in OED3.
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