Full record for astronavigator n.

Definition = astrogator (also astro-navigator)
OED requirements antedating 1941
Earliest cite Eric Frank Russell, 'Jay Score'
Comment Michael R.N. Dolbear submitted a 2003 cite from Peter David's "No Limits".
Michael R.N. Dolbear submitted a 2001 cite from Dan Abnett's "Xenos".
Michael R.N. Dolbear submitted a 2000 cite from Hilari Bell's "Navohar"
Michael R.N. Dolbear submitted a cite from a 1990 reprint of a 1979 translation by Louis Iribarne of Stanislaw Lem's "Tales of Pirx the Pilot"
Douglas Winston submitted a 1965 cite for "astro-navigator" from an Eric Frank Russell collection "Men, Martians and Machines"; which Mike Christie verified in its 1941 first publication in "Jay Score".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a Project Gutenberg etext of Robert Moore Williams' "Planet of the Gods" (original print version from Amazing Stories, December 1942)

The OED has astro-navigator (1949), but only in the sense of a an air pilot, or automatic air-piloting machine, using the observation of the stars for calculation of position: we are looking for one who plots positions and calculates courses in space.

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Citations for astronavigator n.

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1941 E. F. Russell Jay Score in Astounding Sci.-Fiction May 95/1 The stunt was a theoretical one frequently debated by mathematicians and astro-navigators, and often used by writers in stories. But this time it was to be the real thing. The idea is to build up all the velocity that can be got, and at the same time to angle into the path of an elongated elliptical orbit resembling that of a comet. In theory, the vessel might then skim the Sun so fast that it would swing like a pendulum far out to the opposite side of the orbit whence it had come.
1960 M. Clifton Eight Keys to Eden (1965) 22 Sure, it was only a three-man crew—himself, a flight engineer, an astro-navigator.
1990 S. Lem & L. Iribarne tr. Tales of Pirx Pilot 198 Unable to sleep, he opened a volume of Irving's memoirs—of astronavigator fame—and read until his eyes began to burn.
2000 H. Bell Navohar 156 But if she learned little more about anomaly l, she did find out that Ravi, as well as an astronavigator and a tailor, was a practicing Yogi.
2001 D. Abnett Xenos 259 The admiral's astronavigators have finished plotting the course of the heretic fleet.
2003 P. David No Limits 202 Amazon's standard controls lacked the fourth-dimensional modeling of the holograph, but McHenry might be the best astronavigator in Starfleet.