rock·​et·​ry | \ ˈrä-kə-trē How to pronounce rocketry (audio) \

Definition of rocketry

: the study of, experimentation with, or use of rockets

Examples of rocketry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a teenage member of rocketry club outside Berlin, he had been mentored by the mathematician Hermann Oberth, who published books about space travel. David Beers, The New Republic, "Selling the American Space Dream," 7 Dec. 2020 This is all new for a country that does not have a deep history of rocketry or launching satellites into space. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "Britain Is Getting Ready for Its Space Race," 6 Oct. 2020 Soviet advances in rocketry and high tech convinced many of America's most savvy analysts that the nation's global leadership was quickly passing. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | DAVID VON DREHLE: Memorial to leadership," 19 Sep. 2020 The publication reports that, outside of subscale laboratory tests, the highest main combustion chamber known to full-scale, orbital-class rocketry was achieved by the Soviet Union in the 1980s with the RD-701 engine. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Raptor engine sets record, Northrop may say “Aloha!” to Omega," 21 Aug. 2020 What made the prospect real in the 20th century was the advent of rocketry. Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, "Democratized Information Is Transforming Society," 18 Aug. 2020 SpaceX’s forays into rocketry have been marked by dramatic failures as well as historic achievements of engineering. Bill Ingalls, National Geographic, "SpaceX launches new era of spaceflight with company's first crewed mission," 30 May 2020 But the market changed when sports/GTs became exercises in rocketry and the dollar dipped versus the deutsche mark. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Comparison Test: 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo Takes On the Best Sports Cars of the Early 1990s," 12 May 2020 The Marshall Space Center in Huntsville, Ala., is the agency's civilian rocketry and spacecraft propulsion research center and is the largest center in NASA. Fox News, "Coronavirus pandemic causes NASA to move entire agency to Stage 3," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of rocketry

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rocketry was in 1930

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20 Dec 2020

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“Rocketry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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