Definition of space flight in US English:

space flight


  • 1A journey through space.

    ‘the 30th anniversary of the first space flight’
    • ‘Pilot William McCool, 41, was born in September 1961 in San Diego, California, and was on his first space flight.’
    • ‘China has launched its first manned space flight, becoming only the third country to put a man into orbit.’
    • ‘The need for this capability will have an impact on future manned space flights, whose launch windows will probably be constrained by the need for daylight and good weather.’
    • ‘Wealthy Chinese citizens may soon embark on private space flights, with the first group of adventurous millionaires starting astronaut training as early as May, state media reported yesterday.’
    • ‘On each of my space flights, I tried to share the excitement and purpose of those missions with people throughout the world.’
    • ‘NASA don't have any space flights scheduled until later in the month.’
    • ‘It's why we continue with manned space flights, even though machines are more efficient.’
    • ‘I expect that somewhere within my natural lifetime, the opportunity not just to go on a sub-orbital space flight will be realised, but I might even get to orbit the Earth a few times.’
    • ‘Right now, we are actively making all preparations, following our four successful unmanned space flights.’
    • ‘China successfully completed its manned space flight as Yang safely returned to earth.’
    • ‘He had his second space flight as Commander of the Soviet-French team to Mir on November 28, 1988.’
    • ‘The Russians made the first manned space flight with Yuri Gagarin in Vostok 1.’
    • ‘Coincidentally, Russia has issued a strip of two stamps marking the 40th anniversary of Gagarin's historic space flight.’
    • ‘China plans a manned space flight as early as next year.’
    • ‘After operating the Mir space station for 15 years, Russia has more experience in manned space flights than any other nation, and NASA has been eager to learn from the Russians, sending 44 astronauts to the Mir over the past years.’
    • ‘Currie has three previous space flights to her credit.’
    • ‘Many people are disappointed that the US is intent on spending billions of dollars on manned space flights.’
    • ‘At the same time, the Gemini and Apollo space flights of the late 1960s and early 1970s assuaged our national fears about what is out there.’
    • ‘While NASA went on to record many more space flights after the Challenger disaster, the program once again was shocked into reality when Columbia blew up in flames just minutes before landing, killing all seven astronauts aboard.’
    • ‘Dr Clarke says the focus now is coming to grips with the logistics involved in such a long space flight.’
    1. 1.1 Space travel.
      ‘the stresses involved in space flight’
      • ‘Inside the tank, NASA scientists are able to simulate the zero-gravity conditions that astronauts experience during space flight.’
      • ‘In fact, Russian astronauts use rhodiola to help with mental fatigue and stress during space flight.’
      • ‘Manned space flight commenced with the orbital flight by Gagarin in April 1961.’
      • ‘Research under these grants will enhance safe human space flight in both the near-Earth orbit, where the International Space Station operates, and in exploration of the solar system beyond Earth orbit.’
      • ‘Dr. Goddard is considered to be the father of practical modern rocketry and space flight.’
      • ‘In his announcement today, the president called for a radical transformation in NASA's goals for manned space flight.’
      • ‘They are doing much to open the door to a new marketplace offering the experience of weightlessness and suborbital space flight to the public.’
      • ‘NASA's planned return to the Moon is the most exciting proposed development in human space flight in a generation.’
      • ‘Suborbital space flight is much closer than any of us might have imagined even a few months ago.’
      • ‘Human space flight is a technological achievement of enormous complexity.’
      • ‘Unmanned space flight gives us satellite navigation, accurate weather forecasts, exploration of other worlds, and real science on the beginning of the solar system.’
      • ‘In another study, the scientists are using 28 days of bed rest to mimic the effects on muscle mass that occur in astronauts during space flight and in others from muscle disuse or a sedentary lifestyle.’
      • ‘In the past year alone, 18 spacewalks have been completed, which is more than in any previous 12-month period in the history of human space flight.’
      • ‘Astronauts scheduled for space flight get advanced, mission-specific training.’
      • ‘The risk of space motion sickness or nausea is most significant during the first few days of orbital space flight and tends to manifest itself within an hour or so in susceptible people.’
      • ‘During the first 30 years of space flight, few operators disposed of their spacecraft in a controlled way.’
      • ‘Prolonged space flight places extreme forces on the bodies of astronauts.’
      • ‘Manned space flight today is like the domed sea colonies of 1900: cool sounding, but ultimately not very interesting.’
      • ‘Collectively, the group represented the millions of men and women who have influenced aviation and space flight.’
      • ‘NASA engineers hope that day comes sooner than later and believe the technology could replace expensive ground systems, reducing the cost of space flight.’


space flight

/ˈspās ˌflīt/