space vehicle n.

= spacecraft n.


  • 1928 R. Cummings Giant World in Weird Tales Mar. 393/1 page image Ray Cummings bibliography

    Mart Gryce and his sister Frannie…voyage to a distant world to rescue Brett Gryce, traveling in a space-vehicle that can go through space and time.

  • 1930 M. J. Breuer Fitzgerald Contraction in Science Wonder Stories Jan. 681/2 Miles J. Breuer, M.D. bibliography

    Or…it might be a space vehicle from a distant planet.

  • 1947 R. A. Bradley Letter in Planet Stories Fall 121 page image

    The reduction in mass ratio required for lifting a few tons of space-vehicle into the stratosphere is enormously out of proportion to the amount required for long-distance flights after they break free of the earth’s atmosphere.

  • 1960 New Worlds Science Fiction Mar. 64 page image

    The proposed space vehicle will employ a plasma pinch propulsion system on its epic journey.

  • 1977 C. L. Harness Wolfhead in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Dec. 122/2 page image Charles L. Harness bibliography

    I dimly noted that the colonel was looking at the space vehicle through a telescope. He stiffened—then he cried out. ‘Something’s happening up there! The rockets! The rockets are firing! We're too late!’

  • 2001 T. Purdom Civilians in Asimov’s Science Fiction Aug. 12 page image Tom Purdom bibliography

    An orbiting space vehicle crewed by members of the Society is now pursuing a transport vehicle belonging to the Fourth International Brigade.

Research requirements

antedating 1928

Earliest cite

Ray Cummings, in Weird Tales.

Research History
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1930 cite from Miles J. Breuer's "The Fitzgerald Contraction".
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1928 cite from Ray Cummings, and filled out the rest of the entry.

Earliest cite in OED2: 1946; updated to 1930 in OED3.

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