the condition of being fit for space travel
True, the focal area of the energy was an almost invisibly violet glare of incandescence, so intensely hot that the concentric shading off through blinding white, yellow, and bright-red heat brought the zone of dull red far down the side of the vessel; but that awful force had had practically no effect upon the spaceworthiness of the stanch little vessel.
The Pilot remained at his post to the actual landing, his only thought that of breaking the force of the crash, of maintaining the spaceworthiness of the vessel.
It seemed the right thing to do—even though, with any luck, Galaxy ’s spaceworthiness would soon be of no further concern to anyone.
The Mark II had just received its spaceworthiness certificate from NASA.
E.E. Smith, 'Skylark of Valeron'
Earliest cite in the OED: 1959. Listed in Brave New Words with an earliest date of 1934.
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