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PLTW GTT Flight and Space Lesson 1 Terms


The study of forces and the resulting motion of objects through the air.


The study or practice of travel through the air.


Branch of technology and industry concerned with aviation and space flight.

Aerospace Engineer

Design machines that fly.


A powered heavier-than-air aircraft with fixed wings from which the aircraft derives most of its lift.


A power-driven aircraft kept buoyant by a body of gas (usually helium) which is lighter than air.


The art and science of designing, building, and operating manned or unmanned space objects.


Robotic aircraft, used extensively by the military.


A type of aircraft deriving both lift and propulsion from one or two sets of horizontally revolving rotors.

Hot Air Balloon

A large bag filled with hot air or gas to make it rise in the air, with a basket for passengers hanging from it.


An advertising film which promotes a product in an informative and supposedly objective style.


A short, easily-remembered slogan, verse, or tune.


To set or thrust in motion.


A vehicle, missile, or aircraft which obtains thrust by the reaction to the ejection of fast moving exhaust from within a rocket engine.


A glider designed for sustained flight.


The written text of a play, film, or broadcast.


An aircraft with floats or skis instead of wheels, designed to land on and take off from water.


A short, memorable phrase used in advertising or associated with a political party or group.

Space Shuttle

A rocket-launched spacecraft able to land like an unpowered aircraft, used for journeys between earth and craft orbiting the earth.


A sequence of drawings representing the shots planned for a film or television production.

Unmanned Aerospace Vehicle (UAV)

A powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely, can be expendable or recoverable, and can carry a lethal or nonlethal payload.

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