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What is the difference between orbital and suborbital space flights?

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December 18, 2009 7:52PM

An Orbital space flight simply means that you have accelerated a space craft fast enough so it stays in orbit (cicular path) around the Earth.

A suborbital flight means you have reached the limit of space (anything over 100 km high) but not enough speed to completely circle the Earth.