Also as adj.
Haye breathed easier. The very fact that he was still alive proved that the astrogating officers had the situation in hand.
Venus Germ in Wonder Stories Nov. 492/2
[T]wenty years will see lots of improvements in rocket engines, astrogating instruments and technique.
Sojarr of Titan in Startling Stories Mar. i. 19/1
[Gleeps can become a copy of anyone, including the narrator.] This Gleeps is a very conscientious guy until he gets rattled. He’s me. I’m astrogator. So when the old man asks him for the ship’s course, what can he do but produce? He don’t know astrogating from nothing, but he’s me—he's got my brain and my handwriting. So he writes ’em a course. Since he's an amateur, he makes a couple of perfectly natural errors.
Gleeps in Astounding Science-Fiction July 111/1
Astrogating, the business of getting from one planet to another, is far too intricate a task for anyone but an expert to master.
Psyclops in New Worlds Science Fiction (#49) July 35
They were recruiting a complete crew for Kingsford’s new ship, the Algonquin. She was new throughout, the drive and astrogating equipment being of a design with which I was unfamiliar. I began to understand why I was no longer eligible for command. A short three year absence and space technology had passed me by.
A Time to Die in Amazing Stories June 50/1
We essentially widened the circle of our orbit until it intersected the Trojan point—decelerating like hell all the way so that we’d be at rest relative to it when we got there. It had to be at least partly by-guess-and-by-God, because any transit in Saturn’s system is a ten-body problem (don’t even think about the Ring), and Bill was an equal partner with the computer in that astrogating job. He did a world-class job, as I had known he would, wasting no fuel and, more important, no passengers.
Stardance (1980) iii. 222
1932, F. Pragnell and R. F. Starzl, ‘The Venus Germ’
Research HistorySuggested, and most cites submitted, by Ben Ostrowsky.
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