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spaceflight

[speys-flahyt] /ˈspeɪsˌflaɪt/
noun
1.
the flying of manned or unmanned spacecraft into or in outer space.
Also, space flight.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; space + flight1
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Examples from the web for spaceflight
  • The finding came in part from research in human spaceflight.
  • Finally, large scale private investment in practical, low cost technologies for human spaceflight is being made.
  • But it should not automatically mean that manned spaceflight be scrapped forthwith.
  • There have always been issues about the safety and cost of human spaceflight.
  • The seat is what specifically distinguishes payload spaceflight from human spaceflight.
  • The attraction of space shuttle launches and spaceflight seems to hold steady regardless of the visitor's age.
  • Those wealthy entrepreneurs all have spaceflight companies.
  • After a three-month spaceflight, a twin set of lunar probes has reached the moon.
  • Exploration alone doesn't justify the expense of human spaceflight.
  • Private spaceflight companies draw ever closer to putting people into space their own way.
Encyclopedia Article for spaceflight

flight beyond Earth's atmosphere. This article deals with the basic concepts associated with the launch and return of unmanned and manned spacecraft and their travel, navigation, and rendezvous and docking in space. For the development of space travel and discussions of spacecraft and space programs and their contributions to scientific knowledge and human welfare, see space exploration. For the development and technology of rocket propulsion, see rocket. For details on rocket systems used to propel spacecraft beyond Earth's atmosphere, see launch vehicle.

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