aero·​space | \ ˈer-ō-ˌspās How to pronounce aerospace (audio) \

Definition of aerospace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : space comprising the earth's atmosphere and the space beyond
2 : a physical science that deals with aerospace
3 : the aerospace industry



Definition of aerospace (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to aerospace, to vehicles used in aerospace or the manufacture of such vehicles, or to travel in aerospace aerospace research aerospace profits aerospace medicine

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The first pair of Air Maxes, designed by Tinker Hatfield using the air technology that aerospace engineer Marion Franklin Rudy developed in 1977, were unveiled on March 26, 1987. Vogue, "Swae Lee Officially Won Nike Air Max Day," 27 Mar. 2019 With backing from aerospace firm Lockheed Martin, DRL wants to recruit developers from around the world, including students and drone enthusiasts. James Vincent, The Verge, "AI drone pilots will challenge humans in competition sponsored by Lockheed Martin," 5 Sep. 2018 For years now, aerospace firms have been engineering the kinds of drones and rotorcraft that could be adapted for the self-flying taxi role. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The "Mega Skyport" Is a Fanciful Future Landing Spot for Uber’s Flying Taxis," 19 July 2018 Europe’s largest aerospace firm on Wednesday opened the doors to the €160 million euro site in Tianjin, a town on the outskirts of Beijing which already has an assembly plant for the single-aisle A319 and A320 jets. Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "World's largest dedicated cell-and-gene-therapy manufacturing facility opens in Pearland," 10 Apr. 2018 Tax breaks have drawn a splurge of foreign investors, including 110 aerospace firms and 150 automotive companies, to the north. The Economist, "As Morocco’s economy slows, the jobless are getting restive," 1 Mar. 2018 It was built by the American aerospace firm Orbital ATK and should last for 15 years if all goes to plan. David Meyer, Fortune, "A SpaceX Pre-Flown Rocket Just Launched a Secure Communications Satellite Into Orbit," 1 Feb. 2018 But now some aerospace firms hope to usher in a new era of supersonic air travel. Kate Baggaley /, NBC News, "These planes could jet you around the world at hypersonic speed," 31 Jan. 2018 And just like last year, SpaceX continues to dominate the aerospace industry in terms of launch frequency. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: SpaceX," 29 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

So says Barton Smith, a mechanical and aerospace engineer (and staunch baseball fan) at Utah State University. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physics can explain the fastball’s unexpected twist, new study finds," 23 Nov. 2018 An aerospace workers union has fought to keep the C-130 contract in Cobb County. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Facts and history on C-130, the plane that just crashed in Savannah," 3 May 2018 His father is a research scientist in Cleveland at Ohio Aerospace Institute, an aerospace research contractor. New York Times, "Nikita Saxena, Aditya Kalluri," 29 Apr. 2018 As with some of the state's other automotive and aerospace projects, the potential for supplier jobs is also great. William Thornton,, "Tuskegee greets Italian ambassador as city seeks to lure jet trainer project," 5 Feb. 2018 Aerospace manufacturer Blue Origin is coming to Huntsville, Gov. Kay Ivey announced today. Lee Roop,, "Blue Origin coming to Huntsville: Spaceflight company created by Amazon's Jeff Bezos," 26 June 2017 Its past targets have included military and aerospace organizations from the United States, Europe, Canada, Japan and South Korea. David E. Sanger And Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "D.N.C. Says Russian Hackers Penetrated Its Files, Including Dossier on Donald Trump," 14 June 2016

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First Known Use of aerospace


1959, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aerospace


derivative of aerospace entry 2


aero- + space entry 1

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The first known use of aerospace was in 1955

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English Language Learners Definition of aerospace

: an industry that deals with travel in and above the Earth's atmosphere and with the production of vehicles used in such travel


aero·​space | \ ˈer-ō-ˌspās How to pronounce aerospace (audio) \

Kids Definition of aerospace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the earth's atmosphere and the space beyond
2 : a science dealing with aerospace



Kids Definition of aerospace (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to aerospace, to the vehicles used in aerospace or their manufacture, or to travel in aerospace aerospace research an aerospace museum

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