suicide burn

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From being an engine burn, whose failure to obtain suitable result, results in destruction.


suicide burn (plural suicide burns)

  1. (rocketry) A method of landing a rocket vehicle using rocket thrust, where a precisely timed and metered rocket burn, at the moments before touchdown, is used to soft-land a rocket on its tail.
  2. (rocketry) An instance of such a landing.
  3. (rocketry) A rocket firing during such a landing.