Astronautics Vocabulary

The Astronautics Vocabulary is a glossary of terms that pertain to the science and technology of spaceflight. This alphabetical list can be navigated by clicking on the letters A-Z displayed on this page.

Definition of payload

Translation: charge utile

Definition: The equipment carried into space by a space vehicle. The payload of a satellite includes all of the instruments and science experiments – anything that is not essential to basic functioning of the satellite, but used for science, data collection or tools.

Other Definition: None

Synonym: None