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fairing separation

Artist's impression of fairing separating from an Ariane 5 rocket as it carries the Herschel and Planck observatories into space.


A fairing is a section of aircraft surface, or an attached structure, designed to reduce drag. For example, the contoured sheet metal where a wing meets the fuselage.

 

A fairing is also the area of a launch vehicle where a payload is attached until it is released into orbit.