ro·​tor·​craft ˈrō-tər-ˌkraft How to pronounce rotorcraft (audio)
plural rotorcraft
: an aircraft (such as a helicopter) whose lift is derived principally from rotating airfoils

Examples of rotorcraft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Join us for a live talk to learn how Ingenuity’s team used resourcefulness and creativity to transform the rotorcraft from a successful tech demo into a helpful scout for the Perseverance rover, ultimately proving the value of aerial exploration for future interplanetary missions. IEEE Spectrum, 29 Mar. 2024 Dominican officials initially discussed having Henry, 74, fly to Santo Domingo before taking a helicopter across the border, a plan that had been briefed to U.S. and United Nations officials, perhaps using a rotorcraft with night vision for the mission. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 6 Mar. 2024 The Army’s rebalance also provided good news to its other two rotorcraft integrators, Bell Textron TXT -1.3% and Sikorsky. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Such rotorcraft still have inherent limitations compared to turboprops or light jets, especially for trips longer than a couple hundred miles. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 11 Feb. 2024 Hear from Ingenuity chief engineer Travis Brown on how the data the team collected could eventually be used in future rotorcraft designs. IEEE Spectrum, 2 Feb. 2024 However, about 3 feet (1 meter) above the surface, Ingenuity lost contact with the rover, which serves as a communications relay for the rotorcraft. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Jan. 2024 Will air battles in the not-too-distant future be fought with electric rotorcraft, à la Terminator Salvation? Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 31 July 2023 But what if more practical, intuitive and repeatable IFR solutions were available for rotorcraft and the larger VTOL community? Mark Groden, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rotorcraft was in 1929

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“Rotorcraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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