rock·​et·​ry ˈrä-kə-trē How to pronounce rocketry (audio)
: the study of, experimentation with, or use of rockets

Examples of rocketry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All rocketry functions through Newton’s third law of motion: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction Related Story After 70 Years, Will Aerospike Engines Fly? Why Are Rocket Nozzles Bell-Shaped? NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 30 June 2023 Teams compete in rocketry event Four teams from San Diego County recently were among 100 national finalists in the American Rocketry Challenge, held in The Plains, Va., outside Washington, D.C. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 May 2023 The first person to think of this force as a benefit for reentry was rocketry pioneer Robert Goddard. Paul M. Sutter, Discover Magazine, 5 Apr. 2023 For a less intense NASA experience, the center also features an extensive collection of rocketry, including the Apollo 16 capsule and a full-size replica of the Apollo 11 Saturn V, the largest rocket ever launched. Emily Elert, Discover Magazine, 30 Mar. 2012 And there are plans in 2022 to use SpaceX rocketry to launch the Psyche mission -- a probe to study a metallic asteroid. Don Lincoln, CNN, 19 July 2021 For a few moments, Starship—and its goal of revolutionizing space access—appeared to be soaring smoothly, but the harsh reality of rocketry soon kicked in, and an anomaly caused the massive launch vehicle to disintegrate in a fireball. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 20 Apr. 2023 SpaceX’s Starbase facilities are located near wildlife refuge areas—while such rocketry complexes are often built in similar remote areas, safety steps and safe-distance requirements generally minimize harm and disruption. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 24 Apr. 2023 Published in Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, their study found yet another route by which rocketry could deplete ozone and exacerbate climate change. Leonard David, Scientific American, 29 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rocketry was in 1930

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“Rocketry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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rock·​et·​ry ˈräk-ə-trē How to pronounce rocketry (audio)
: the study of, experimenting with, or use of rockets
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