spaceport

noun
space·​port | \ ˈspās-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce spaceport (audio) \

Definition of spaceport

: an installation for testing and launching spacecraft

Examples of spaceport in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So far, Sweden and the spaceport have co-invested about $30 million into the site in the northern part of the country, which is ideally suited for polar launches. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Sweden invests in launch site, SLS hotfire test in a month," 16 Oct. 2020 For now at least, the first launch of the new Ariane 6 rocket is planned for the second half of 2021, from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Chinese rocket fails, Starship may make a leap in October," 18 Sep. 2020 After six years of planning and fund-raising, construction of a bare-bones spaceport, budgeted at about 22 million pounds ($28 million), is beginning this month at the airport in Newquay. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "Britain Is Getting Ready for Its Space Race," 6 Oct. 2020 This booster has been linked to Sea Launch's floating spaceport as well as human launches in the mid-2020s. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Russia’s replacement for the Proton rocket costs way too much," 29 June 2020 Nine of these devices were experimental units to prove that the technology worked, while 12 of them were production models launched this month from a spaceport in French Guiana. Ashlee Vance, Bloomberg.com, "Swarm Reveals Pricing for Its Satellite Data Network," 29 Sep. 2020 Sea Launch spaceport will require $470 million to restore. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Musk updates Super Heavy plan, China to launch spaceplane?," 4 Sep. 2020 The vehicle launched on September 11 from a spaceport in southern Alaska. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Chinese rocket fails, Starship may make a leap in October," 18 Sep. 2020 Now the upstart company had been granted access to America’s most storied spaceport, located on Florida's east coast. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Forget Dragon, the Falcon 9 rocket is the secret sauce of SpaceX’s success," 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of spaceport

1930, in the meaning defined above

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“Spaceport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spaceport. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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