as·​tro·​nau·​tics | \ ˌa-strə-ˈnȯ-tiks How to pronounce astronautics (audio) , -ˈnä- \

Definition of astronautics

: the science of the construction and operation of vehicles for travel in space beyond the earth's atmosphere

Other Words from astronautics

astronautic \ ˌa-​strə-​ˈnȯ-​tik How to pronounce astronautics (audio) , -​ˈnä-​ \ or astronautical \ ˌa-​strə-​ˈnȯ-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce astronautics (audio) , -​ˈnä-​ \ adjective
astronautically \ ˌa-​strə-​ˈnȯ-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce astronautics (audio) , -​ˈnä-​ \ adverb

Examples of astronautics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Marcos Berríos, 37, also a US Air Force major, is a test pilot who holds a master's in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 6 Dec. 2021 That’s because airplane engines are designed to operate in the air, says Hamsa Balakrishnan, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT who studies airport operations. Aarian Marshall, Wired, 28 Sep. 2021 The gecko gripper was co-developed with Marco Pavone, Associate Professor of aeronautics and astronautics, at Stanford. Jennifer Kite-powell, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Technical lectures on basic astronautics, physics, astronomy, propulsion, biophysics, gyroscopic theory and similar highly technical subjects delivered by specialists from the Langley Research Center. Joseph N. Bell, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2021 Mohan went on to study mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell University, followed by a masters degree and doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 19 Feb. 2021 In fact, their pod cannot simply be made bigger to fit passengers, says team captain Philippe Kirschen, a master's student in aeronautics and astronautics. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, 14 May 2016 Buzz Aldrin, selected in the third group of NASA astronauts in 1963, was the first person to join the corps with a doctoral degree (in astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). National Geographic, 7 Oct. 2020 See More

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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as·​tro·​nau·​tics | \ ˌa-strə-ˈnȯ-tiks How to pronounce astronautics (audio) \

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: the science of the construction and operation of spacecraft

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