= astrogator n. (also astro-navigator)
The stunt was a theoretical one frequently debated by mathematicians and astro-navigators, and often used by writers in stories. But this time it was to be the real thing. The idea is to build up all the velocity that can be got, and at the same time to angle into the path of an elongated elliptical orbit resembling that of a comet. In theory, the vessel might then skim the Sun so fast that it would swing like a pendulum far out to the opposite side of the orbit whence it had come.
Sure, it was only a three-man crew—himself, a flight engineer, an astro-navigator.
Unable to sleep, he opened a volume of Irving’s memoirs—of astronavigator fame—and read until his eyes began to burn.
But if she learned little more about anomaly l, she did find out that Ravi, as well as an astronavigator and a tailor, was a practicing Yogi.
The admiral’s astronavigators have finished plotting the course of the heretic fleet.
Amazon’s standard controls lacked the fourth-dimensional modeling of the holograph, but McHenry might be the best astronavigator in Starfleet.
Eric Frank Russell, 'Jay Score'
The OED has astro-navigator (1949), but only in the sense of a an air pilot, or automatic air-piloting machine, using the observation of the stars for calculation of position: we are looking for one who plots positions and calculates courses in space.
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