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(From aeronautics and space).
1. Of or pertaining to both the earth's atmosphere and space, as in aerospace industries.
2. Earth's envelope of air and space above it; the two considered as a single realm for activity in the flight of air vehicles and in the launching, guidance, and control of ballistic missiles, earth satellites, dirigible space vehicles, and the like.
Aerospace in sense 2 is used primarily by the U.S. Air Force. The term aerospace

 first appeared in print in the   Interim Glossary; Aero-Space

Terms (edited by Woodford Agee Heflin) published in February 1958 at the Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.


This article is based on NASA's Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use