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payloads

Definition/Scope: Originally, the revenue-producing portions of an aircraft's load, e.g., passengers, cargo, and mail. By extension, that which an aircraft, rocket, or spacecraft carries over and above which is necessary for the operation of the vehicle for its flight, e.g., (1)the sum of the weight of passengers and cargo that an aircraft can carry; (2) the warhead, its container, and activating devices in a military missile; (3) the satellite or research vehicle of a space probe or research missile; (4) the lo



Broader Terms:

loads

Narrower Terms:

space shuttle payloads
space station payloads

Related Terms:

airlift capability
passengers
warhead


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