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  • a  having or involving a trajectory of less than one orbit
    the first manned suborbital flight
  • a  situated on or below the floor of the eye socket
    a suborbital bone

  • For solving the problems of suborbital flight and re-entry with ingenious design, for boldly going where NASA now fears to tread and returning without a scratch, but most of all .
  • Listening to news of Alan Shepard's groundbreaking suborbital flight on the radio, Rutan was euphoric.
  • Now it's organic, prosthetic, aesthetic, pharmaceutical, suborbital and goodness knows what else.
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  • Suborbital rocket sends experiments — and ashes — into space and back
    A suborbital sounding rocket launched seven space-technology experiments — plus some unusual commercial payloads — from New Mexico's Spaceport America on Friday.The 20-foot-tall (6-meter-tall) UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL rocket rose into the sky just before 8 a.m. MT (10 a.m. ET), reached an altitude of 73.9 miles and descended back to Earth, NASA reported. The rocket and its payloads were ...
    June 22, 2013 - NBC NEWS
  • 7 Space Technology Experiments to Launch on Rocket Ride Today
    Seven space-technology experiments are slated to blast off Friday (June 21) on a NASA-funded suborbital research flight.
    June 21, 2013 - via Yahoo! News
  • Swiss Rocket Plane May Launch People on Private Science Trips
    PARIS — A startup Swiss spaceflight company is planning to upgrade its proposed private satellite launch system into a manned suborbital space shuttle for science missions, the company announced Monday (June 17).
    June 20, 2013 - via Yahoo! News

  • Jim Benson in
    It's official -- we have begun our countdown to what I expect will be BSC's first suborbital flights by the end of 2008,said Benson, who until recently served as chairman and CTO of SpaceDev, a company that develops a wide variety of...
  • Burt Rutan in USA Today
    The very first generation of commercial suborbital spaceships will be experience-optimized,Rutan added.
  • Peter Diamandis in USA Today
    Clearly there is room for a number of locations for suborbital personal spaceflight. If all goes well, this will be a rising tide that lifts many spaceports, and for the first time enables a true commercial market,Diamandis explained.

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