transatmospheric vehicle


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transatmospheric vehicle

transatmospheric vehicle
Space shuttle.
A spacecraft capable of flight within the atmosphere in a manner similar to an aircraft. It may take off normally or be launched by a rocket. Also called an aerospace plane. The figure shown here is of a NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) space shuttle—an example of a transatmospheric vehicle.
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