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.
|Artist's impression of fairing separating from
an Ariane 5 rocket as it carries the Herschel and Planck observatories
- A fairing is also the area of a launch vehicle where a payload
is attached until it is released into orbit.