The orientation of an aircraft, ship, or spacecraft – its yaw, roll, and pitch – with respect to a particular frame of reference. In the case of a spacecraft in Earth orbit, this frame of reference is usually fixed relative to Earth. However, interplanetary space probes often use bright stars as a frame of reference.
Related entry• attitude control
Related categories• AERODYNAMICS AND AERONAUTICS
• SPACECRAFT NAVIGATION AND CONTROL
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