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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ From 1960 to 1965 the Soviets launched twenty-six known spacecraft into deep space.
▪ In late 1958 the United States launched three Pioneer spacecraft on missions to the Moon.
▪ Meanwhile, the Soviets had launched two Luna-type spacecraft at the Moon in early 1963.
▪ From 1960 to 1965 the Soviets launched twenty-six known spacecraft into deep space.
▪ Mission designers are very thorough in eliminating any excess weight from the spacecraft.
▪ Nova was developing in parallel as a booster capable of hurling a spacecraft to the Moon on a direct flight mission.
▪ Of the production run of nine, only three Ranger spacecraft remained.
▪ Only incoming or outgoing spacecraft were allowed in its air-space.
▪ Over the next hours the spacecraft is in free fall toward the lunar surface, constantly accelerating in the lunar gravity.
▪ Short-term forecasts are required day-to-day in spacecraft management for orbit prediction.
▪ The astronauts were more than 13, 000 miles from the spacecraft when they lifted off early Thursday.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

spacecraft \space"craft\, n. a vehicle capable of travelling in or into outer space; at present, all such vehicles are powered by rocket engine.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1928, from space (n.) + craft (n.).


n. a vehicle that travels through space


n. a craft capable of traveling in outer space; technically, a satellite around the sun [syn: ballistic capsule, space vehicle]


A spacecraft is a vehicle, or machine designed to fly in outer space. Spacecraft are used for a variety of purposes, including communications, earth observation, meteorology, navigation, space colonization, planetary exploration, and transportation of humans and cargo.

On a sub-orbital spaceflight, a spacecraft enters space and then returns to the surface, without having gone into an orbit. For orbital spaceflights, spacecraft enter closed orbits around the Earth or around other celestial bodies. Spacecraft used for human spaceflight carry people on board as crew or passengers from start or on orbit ( space stations) only, whereas those used for robotic space missions operate either autonomously or telerobotically. Robotic spacecraft used to support scientific research are space probes. Robotic spacecraft that remain in orbit around a planetary body are artificial satellites. Only a handful of interstellar probes, such as Pioneer 10 and 11, Voyager 1 and 2, and New Horizons, are on trajectories that leave the Solar System.

Orbital spacecraft may be recoverable or not. By method of reentry to Earth they may be divided in non-winged space capsules and winged spaceplanes.

Humanity has achieved space flight but only a few nations have the technology for orbital launches, including: Russia ( Roskosmos), the United States ( NASA), the member states of the European Space Agency (ESA), Japan ( JAXA), India ( ISRO), and China ( CNSA).

Usage examples of "spacecraft".

Darryl Adin and his people had fine warp-capacity vessels, the epitome of private spacecraft technology, but their engines could not produce enough power to break free of the gravitational surges that barely affected a Galaxy-class starship.

The vernier rockets firmly turned the spacecraft aftward to the surface.

With a prickle of disquiet, Auger noticed that one of the parked spacecraft was a Slasher vessel.

Hutch assisted, and the line lifted the capacitor out of its compartment and hauled it clear of the spacecraft.

The cesium ion-engine, powering fifty million spacecraft, for instance.

The fourth pilgrim, the Hegemony Consul, takes an ancient spacecraft whose AI is inhabited with the essence of the dead John Keats cybrid and returns to explore the ruins of the Hegemony.

Council of the Elderhood receives reports of primitive spacecraft in flight between inner planets of the core-star.

AIP dishonorable discharge, reckless endangerment with a spacecraft, Shepherd background, small-time morals charges, one assault, bashed some guy with a bottle.

Petralloy was considered the best possible material to clad spacecraft and she had used the most advanced composition for the Fiver, but it could be dented and scraped.

The communications building controlled all contact with the Orion spacecraft Geographic still in orbit above, the branch settlements around the island, and the automated mining apparatus on the mainland.

Great Unknown has lifted off from the surface of Gilver and is performing as a spacecraft.

He then went to see your mother, and after that he was to board a spacecraft for Gree to see Klnn-dawan-a.

Harry that it had not been triggered by the mere fact of the Hyperborean sky being suddenly full of spacecraft and debris-instead, the immediate cause of alarm was most likely some item of news brought by the people whose ships were piling in on the field in such disorder.

Long Shot: Prototype Quantum II hyperdrive spacecraft, first ship to visit the galactic core.

Shot: Prototype Quantum II hyperdrive spacecraft, first ship to visit the galactic core.