one who practices astrogation; (also) an instrument used for this purpose
Surely a complete faith in the laws of mathematics and astronomy must be the first requisite of the interplanetary astrogator.
The Conquest of Space 211
‘Not with a woman aboard,’ grunted the astrogator.
in Astounding Stories Oct. 126/2
Harbord was a good astrogator.
in Astounding Stories Oct. 108/1
Your job is to tend the control machinery, and to act as assistant astrogator no matter what happens.
in Medusa Astounding Science Fiction Feb. 80/2
So you want to be an astrogator?
Starman Jones (1975) ii. 30
I'll astrogate—shucks, I suppose it’s all right to call me the astrogator, under the circumstances.
Starman Jones (1980) xx. 186
Blast the astragator! All it gives is courses that swing around the whole rim of the System.
Six Great Short Science Fiction Novels 318
The astrogator was carrying a set of charts, and seemed a little ill at ease.
2061: Odyssey Three 144
In minutes there were only a few amber lights left on the panels…and the milky glow of Chekov’s navigation astrogator.
Great Starship Race xix. 260
My astrogator and supercargo. We're free traders.
Don’t try to hack the control systems—you could screw up life support. Besides, you’re not an astrogator.
Kaleidoscope Cent. (1996) 250
Next to him, on the other side of the astrogator, Ensign Sheryl Gates filled in for Chekov at the navigation console.
Assignment: Eternity viii. 124
His gaze skitters around the room, looking anywhere but at Amber—and Pierre, her lanky toy-boy astrogator and bed warmer—as he laces his fingers.
‘I have no idea where I’m going,’ Kerensky said. ‘You’re an astrogator,’ Duval said. ‘This is a road.’
Redshirts (2013) 175
David Lasser, "the Conquest of Space"
Research HistoryBill Seabrook located and Mike Christie confirmed a Feb 1942 cite from Theodore Sturgeon's "Medusa".
Rick Hauptmann submitted a cite from a reprint of Robert Heinlein's "Universe"; Mike Christie verified it in the original 1941 magazine appearance.
Rick Hauptmann submitted a 1935 cite from Stanley Weinbaum's "The Planet of Doubt".
Adam Buchbinder submitted a 1931 cite from David Lasser's "the Conquest of Space"
Earliest cite in the OED: Nov 1942
Earliest cite in Brave New Words: 1935
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