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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Since then, a variety of options for private spaceflight have started to emerge. New York Times, "Want to Buy a Ticket to the Space Station? NASA Says Soon You Can," 7 June 2019 The spaceflight forced the astronauts to make critical repairs to the craft's carbon-dioxide removal system. Carie Lemack,, "Apollo 13's Importance: How Failure Can Lead to Great Success," 31 May 2018 No other nation has ever attempted such a feat — which means the mission could catapult China into spaceflight history. Loren Grush, The Verge, "This weekend, China embarks on a historic mission to land on the far side of the Moon," 6 Dec. 2018 Among the agreements signed Friday was one calling for the two countries to work together more closely in sectors such as railways, fertilizer and energy, and a Russia pledge to help India with a human spaceflight program. Rajesh Roy, WSJ, "India Goes Ahead With Russia Missile Buy in Face of U.S. Sanctions Threat," 5 Oct. 2018 SpaceX’s colossal Falcon Heavy has taken flight With an incredible run of launches by government and commercial operators, 2018 has been a banner year for spaceflight. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Talk amongst yourselves: 2018’s most-commented stories on Ars," 24 Dec. 2018 SpaceX, Blue Origin, and others are investing in reusable rockets to bring the cost of spaceflight down. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Quietly, Japan has established itself as a power in the aerospace industry," 15 Nov. 2018 When batteries are used in human spaceflight, NASA is especially concerned about safety. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA is prepared if a battery ever explodes in space," 17 Aug. 2018 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

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1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spaceflight was in 1931

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English Language Learners Definition of spaceflight

: flight into outer space in a spacecraft

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