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12 Astronautics (General)

Includes general research topics related to space flight and manned and unmanned space vehicles, platforms or objects launched into, or assembled in, outer space; and related components and equipment. Also includes manufacturing and maintenance of such vehicles or platforms. For specific topics in astronautics see categories 13 through 20. For extraterrestrial exploration see 91 Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration.


Astronautics – The science of space flight including the design, construction, and operation of spacecraft. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA Interest

Exhaustive Interest : Spacecraft production, manufacturing, and maintenance; space based manufacturing and maintenance; space colonization.

Negative Interest : Military or defense applications of launch vehicles and spacecraft.


Input Subjects of Specific Interest

  • astronautics
  • in-orbit maintenance, servicing and refueling
  • launch vehicle maintenance
  • launch vehicle manufacturing
  • launch vehicle production
  • maintenance (spacecraft)
  • mission planning (space)
  • space based maintenance and servicing;
  • space colonies
  • space colonization
  • space exploration (mission planning)
  • space manufacturing and assembly
  • space programs
  • space station assembly
  • space station maintenance
  • space vehicle maintenance
  • space vehicle manufacturing
  • space vehicle production
  • spacecraft maintenance
  • spacecraft manufacturing
  • spacecraft production