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

  2. The area of a launch vehicle where a payload is attached until it is released into orbit.

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