spaceflight

noun
space·​flight | \ ˈspās-ˌflīt How to pronounce spaceflight (audio) \

Definition of spaceflight

: flight beyond the earth's atmosphere

Examples of spaceflight in a Sentence

a history of human spaceflight

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The attitude that only NASA knows how to manage human spaceflight persists. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The 4 Things That Could Hobble the Commercial Space Revolution," 14 Jan. 2019 Iran claims to be developing its own spaceflight industry because no one else will sell satellites and rockets to the country, a claim that is pretty much true. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Iranian Satellite Launch, Seen by Some as Cover for Missile Research, Fails," 15 Jan. 2019 Second Breakfast: Blue Origin’s New Shepard What is launching? Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight venture Blue Origin plans to do another test flight this week, as early as Tuesday morning. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How to watch four rocket launches on a banner day for the space industry," 18 Dec. 2018 Previously, Starship was comprised of the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) and the Big Falcon Spaceship (BFS), in the acronym-heavy parlance typical of spaceflight. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Unexpectedly Renamed the Big Falcon Rocket 'Starship'," 20 Nov. 2018 The launch of Space Shuttle Columbia in 1981 ushered in a new era of spaceflight -- one of reusable ships that would launch like a rocket, but land like an airplane. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Did you know? Trekkies named the first Space Shuttle," 12 May 2018 Those are to start early next year and will signal the return of orbital human spaceflight to U.S. soil after years of exile in Russia. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Virgin Galactic Hype Totally Misses the Point," 13 Dec. 2018 While no simulation is perfect, the scientists set goals to better understand aspects of real spaceflight. Elizabeth Howell, Space.com, "Touring Where the Mars-500 'Astronauts' Pretended to Take a Red Planet Journey," 11 July 2018 On the frontier of human spaceflight, the Russian part of the ISS remains unfinished for nearly two decades. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Is Riled Up About Being Left Behind in Space," 10 Oct. 2018

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1931, in the meaning defined above

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spaceflight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spaceflight

: flight into outer space in a spacecraft

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