free-flying free-flying


  • (adj) able to fly through the air (as a bird)


  1. The spacecraft will penetrate that atmosphere with radar and a free-flying 705-lb.
  2. The trickiest is a free-flying approach to the moon that, if it is marred by an engine malfunction, could send the spacecraft into a deadly sun orbit.
  3. Sometimes they saw free-flying moths take evasive action, but the motions of both hunter and hunted were too fast to follow with the naked human eye.



  1. "It was really incredible to be able to watch the SPHERES fly around in real-time following the logic of my algorithms right in front of me," Chamitoff said. "As free-flying robots, these SPHERES are pretty amazing. There's no other test bed...
    on Jun 15, 2010 By: Gregory Chamitoff Source: Before It's News

  2. "It should be a simple operation and reaching out and grabbing the telescope," said McArthur, 38, adding that it should be an exciting event. "It will be my first, and probably only, time doing a free-flying grapple."
    on May 4, 2009 By: Megan McArthur Source:

  3. "It's a little crowded in the sky this morning, not only with Atlantis you and us, but also the Progress free-flying," ISS Expedition 13 flight engineer Jeffrey Williams told NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, Expedition 14 commander, who sat...
    on Sep 19, 2006 By: Jeffrey Williams Source:

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