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attitude




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