launch vehicle


Definition of launch vehicle

: a rocket used to launch a satellite or spacecraft

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The mission would launch on what's being called an Ariane 64, a version of the still-hypothetical launch vehicle Ariane 6 built by ArianeGroup. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The ESA Is Taking Steps to Mine Moon Dust," 23 Jan. 2019 If the Russians and NASA aren't fully confident in that launch vehicle, a Soyuz spacecraft could possibly be launched empty to the station and replace the existing Soyuz as a lifeboat for the three astronauts on orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "On Thursday a rocket failed. Three humans remain on the ISS. What’s next?," 11 Oct. 2018 Previously, Nikishchenko worked as deputy chief designer in the liquid propulsion department of Ukrainian aerospace company Yuzhnoye and for the Italian launch vehicle company Avio. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Firefly to the Moon, SpaceX makes a splash, H3 nets a customer," 7 Dec. 2018 Although all Gryphons and their launch vehicles were disposed of by 1991 the Tomahawk missile itself is still in production. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Killing the INF Treaty Could Spur New Generation of Missiles," 23 Oct. 2018 The passenger, Yusaku Maezawa, a clothing tycoon from Japan, is expected make the journey aboard SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket, an enormous 348-foot-tall launch vehicle that’s still in development. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Watch: Elon Musk reveals the SpaceX mystery moon traveler," 18 Sep. 2018 In addition, the report says the US Air Force must consider both expendable and reusable launch vehicles as part of its solicitation for military launch contracts. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Japan chasing SpaceX, missile-test failure, Russian trolling," 3 Aug. 2018 Several Saturn launch vehicles and accompanying spacecraft were built. Casey Newton, The Verge, "What YouTube could teach Facebook about conspiracies," 24 July 2018 The Chinese private company LandSpace launched its solid-fueled Zhuque-1 orbital launch vehicle on Sunday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Scotland’s NIMBY problem, SpaceX test firing, Soyuz mishap," 2 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of launch vehicle

circa 1960, in the meaning defined above

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