un·​crewed ˌən-ˈkrüd How to pronounce uncrewed (audio)
: not carrying or performed by people : having no crew
an uncrewed flight
uncrewed spacecraft

Examples of uncrewed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Starliner completed its uncrewed test flights back in 2021 and 2022, albeit with some hiccups. Briley Lewis, Popular Science, 22 May 2024 Blue Origin spent most of 2023 investigating the failure and making design corrections, and the company successfully returned to flight with another uncrewed mission in December. Bloomberg, Orange County Register, 19 May 2024 The New Shepard rocket, which flies cargo and humans on short trips to the edge of space, has been grounded since a September 2022 uncrewed mission failed roughly a minute after liftoff from Texas, forcing the rocket's capsule full of NASA experiments to safely eject mid-flight. USA TODAY, 15 May 2024 After 15 months, Blue Origin returned in December 2023 with its uncrewed NS-24 mission. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 15 May 2024 On Starliner’s first uncrewed test flight in 2019, a series of software and hardware failures prevented it from getting to its planned orbit as well as docking with the International Space Station. Discover Magazine, 3 May 2024 The report examined anomalies with the spacecraft’s heat shield and other hardware components, all of which were discovered after the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission in late 2022. Passant Rabie / Gizmodo, Quartz, 2 May 2024 Developing naval drones, however, is relatively easy compared to uncrewed land systems. Justin Ling, WIRED, 2 May 2024 What went wrong on past Boeing tests Dozens of software and engineering issues resulted in the failure of a previous attempt in 2019 to send an uncrewed Starliner to the ISS for a week. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 6 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uncrewed was in 1953

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“Uncrewed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncrewed. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: having no crew
an uncrewed spacecraft
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