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cargo bay

the large central area of the space shuttle orbiter's fuselage in which payloads and their support equipment are carried.
Also called payload bay.
Compare bay2 (def 2a). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We climbed a ladder into the vast cargo bay of one of the planes.
  • The countdown has proceeded smoothly, with no serious problems with the shuttle or the satellites in its cargo bay.
  • The cargo bay is tall, and the vehicle's dimensions and claimed maneuverability make it useful in dense urban areas.
  • Fly on the same plane and alert the crew that you have an animal in the cargo bay.
  • The federal inspection area has direct airside access with one dedicated cargo bay.

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