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flight path

fairing separation

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


A flight path is the line, course, or track along which an aircraft is flying or is intended to be flown.

 

A flight path is also the path followed by the center of gravity of a spacecraft during flight; also known as the spacecraft's trajectory. The path is tracked with reference to any point on Earth, or it may be tracked with reference to a star.