space taxi n.
a small spacecraft designed for short-distance ferrying of passengers
The space taxis traveling from Hollywood on the Moon to the big bloated gambling ships detoured so their passengers could get a look at the phenomenon.
Trouble on Titan in Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb. xi. 49/1
I never stopped to think that you might not like the job of playing space taxi with me.
Chimera World in Planet Stories Winter 64/2
Three weeks later, the space taxi Gremlin arrived without ceremony at the invisibly-spinning turret of one of the Wheel’s two landing stations.
Tailor-Made Killers in Fantastic Science-Fiction Aug. 94/1
A sausage-shaped space taxi was approaching the ship from the Station.
Moon of Mutiny 52
Despite the weightless environment, heavy work of this type may require a small vehicle that is variously called a space tug, space taxi, or bottlesuit.
Living in Space viii. 185
She followed Davidson to a berth operated by one of the three space taxi services that transported passengers and cargo between Von Braun and outlying ships.
Procyon’s Promise 101
2010 N.Y. Times (National ed.) 8 June
Then, instead of operating its own systems, like the space shuttles, NASA would buy rides for its astronauts on these commercial space taxis.
A.K. Barnes, in Thrilling Wonder Stories
Research HistoryOED has a 1952 cite from Willy Ley, under "taxi".
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1944 cite from W. S. Peacock in Planet Stories.
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