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  • n. The afterpart of a vehicle.
  • n. The part of a vessel abaft midships.
  • n. A companion body that trails a satellite or spacecraft.
  • n. A section or piece of a launch vehicle, rocket, or spacecraft that enters the atmosphere unprotected behind the nose cone or other body that is protected for entry.


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  • The afterbody was also swaybacked to allow room for a nacelle to swing over it when the wing was stowed.

    The Dream Machine


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