But the spacecraft recently experienced a reaction wheel failure.
What does RW stand for?
RW stands for Reaction Wheel
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We have 26 other meanings of RW in our Acronym Attic
- Raid Warning (gaming)
- Railway World (magazine; aka Railways)
- RailWorks (various companies)
- Rain Shower (weather reports)
- Random Walk
- Random Weight
- Rare Ware (game company)
- RationalWiki (website)
- Raw Water
Samples in periodicals archive:
Tasked to design a system that allows the ROIC to rotate in space on three axes the team chose to use reaction wheels, proven technology used to position the Hubble Telescope and other satellites.
The division's products and capabilities include fiber-optic and ring laser gyros, reaction wheel assemblies, position navigation units and fire control and digital battlefield solutions.
Before coming home, the astronauts will also replace one of the observatory's reaction wheels, which keep the observatory focused on a celestial target.
The thrusters are used for making small corrections to the spacecraft's course, for some attitude control functions, and for making angular momentum adjustments in the reaction wheels, which also are used for attitude control.