an engineer who works on spacecraft or in space; a person who designs or operates the propulsion systems of spacecraft
Gavin’s amusement gave way to misgivings. He was a special agent of the T.I.S. He had been assigned to the Jovian slave trade for two reasons. He wasn't known on Venus or Jupiter. But, more important, he had been an astro-engineer on a Tri-World ship before joining the T.I.S.
Beyond the Yellow Fog in Planet Stories Spring 7/1
‘Make a good job of those dummy instruments.’ ‘You can be sure of that, sir!’ And there was a laugh from the astro-engineer at the other end of the line.
Black Avengers vii. 99
One of the earliest of these [sc. spaceship designs] was envisioned by the German astro-engineer, Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger…. Dr. Stuhlinger now heads N.A.S.A.’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
Cosmic Butterfly in Amazing Stories Mar. 130/2
I felt a pang of dismay when I learned that the motor keys were missing, but Andy Elving had been an astro-engineer. He lifted the hood and started the motor with a pair of pliers.
Moon Children 133
‘Makin’ remarkable progress, Merarch-Professor,’ Yolanda said. They were teleconferencing, and the astroengineer was suited up; she could see segments of construction material behind him.
Stone Dogs 315
Dr R. Skagra…. Geneticist, and astro-engineer, and cyberneticist, and neurostructuralist, and moral theologian.
Doctor Who: Shada 242
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