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in orbit

1. Traveling around a celestial body. The planets are in orbit around the sun, right?
2. Extremely happy. Penny's been in orbit since getting engaged last week. I don't think she's stopped smiling once!
3. Intoxicated or high. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really in orbit!
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*in orbit

 
1. Lit. [of something] circling a heavenly body. (*Typically: be ~; put something [into] ~.) The moon is in orbit around the earth. They put the satellite into orbit.
2. Fig. ecstatic; thrilled; emotionally high. (*Typically: be ~.) Jane is in orbit about her new job. John went into orbit when he got the check in the mail.
3. Inf. intoxicated. After having six drinks all to herself, Julie was in orbit.
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in orbit

Thrilled, delighted, as in Dean's in orbit over his son's success. This expression alludes to the successful launching into orbit of a satellite or other spacecraft. [Slang; late 1900s]
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in orbit

1. mod. ecstatic; euphoric. She was just in orbit when she got the letter.
2. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. Gary is in orbit and can’t see a hole in a ladder.
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As the space environment grows more contested and congested, it is no longer acceptable to us to wait years between when we recognize we have a need and when we have a satellite in orbit, said Air Vice-Marshal 'Rocky' Rochelle, chief of staff of the Royal Air Force.
Prior to that, (http://www.space.com/23646-ors3-rocket-launch-satellites-description.html) in 2013 , NASA used a Minotaur 1 rocket to place 29 satellites in orbit.
To reduce the influences of human factors in orbit optimizations [4-9], CPC-based OM is presented, and the accelerating convergence approach will be introduced in Section 4 to develop DCPC-based OM.
The results show that the proposed robust adaptive filtering algorithm can better cope with the interference of noise and uncertainty of system model parameter which provide a higher accuracy of attitude determination results under the premise of errors existing in orbit parameters determination.
Two further homes in Orbit Street and Bedford Street were broken into on Sunday.
Kaltenegger also said the new results can't rule out the possibility that these possible planets are in orbit, and that they may only have the mass of Saturn, about a third of Jupiter's.
But with the United States' era of manned space flight coming to an end, the Space Age belongs to the past - a transition underscored by NASA's announcement that America's only vehicles for putting human beings in orbit, the space shuttle fleet, will be headed for public display in four museums.
In other eases, the dwarf remains in orbit around the two stars.
The baroque quality of many proposed schemes--like building massive solar collectors in orbit that would beam the energy generated back to Earth in the form of microwaves--has only meant setbacks.
American and Soviet space-crafts dock in orbit for the first time.
How high up must these objects be and how fast must they travel to stay in orbit? When was the first orbiting spacecraft launched?
Since the launch of the Soviet "Sputnik I" in 1957, over 4,500 spacecraft have been hurled from the Earth's surface, nearly half of which remain in orbit. According to the new book Orbital Debris: A Technical Assessment, only about 10 percent of these craft are still functional; the rest simply constitute space junk, very expensive garbage.
As is, shuttle prices are so high that NASA is having trouble getting planetary probes and communication satellites in orbit, objects with a tiny fraction of the weight necessary for serious manned space flight.
Coverage of the system lags behind that of GPS, and the full system is not expected to be in orbit until 1995.
The Wilkinson Microwave Auisotropy Probe (WMAP), which measures the cosmic background radiation, is in orbit there.