launch vehicle


Definition of launch vehicle

: a rocket used to launch a satellite or spacecraft

Examples of launch vehicle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Elon Musk’s rocket company, Space X, and later developed autopilot technology at Musk's Tesla, and Juerg Frefel, who designed the computing platforms used for Space X's Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon space capsule. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Cessna makes history by taking off and landing with no one aboard. Here’s how," 26 Aug. 2020 The first flight of the GEM 63 motors will be on a ULA Atlas V launch vehicle planned for fourth quarter 2020, and GEM 63XL motors will support the Vulcan rocket in 2021. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Pentagon says US military will not enforce election results in November if outcome is in dispute," 14 Aug. 2020 Like the other companies, SpaceX is developing a new launch vehicle, known as Starship, and Super Heavy, a rocket and spaceship system that Musk has described as the technology that will allow humans to colonize Mars. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "SpaceX and ULA win military launch competition worth $653 million -- and that's just the start," 7 Aug. 2020 Rocket Lab will resume launches of its Electron small launch vehicle in June as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic ease at its New Zealand launch site, SpaceNews reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Falcon 9 leaps forward; a gator and a Dragon," 5 June 2020 America’s fleet of SBIRS satellites images the entire planet every ten seconds and could quickly determine the location of a ballistic missile launch vehicle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Using Satellites for Artillery Shell Targeting," 7 July 2020 Deep Blue Aerospace has meanwhile secured early funding for development of a liquid launch vehicle series. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Brazil opens equatorial launch site, Kerbal launch slips," 12 June 2020 China is gearing up to launch its Tianwen-1 Mars mission following the delivery of a Long March 5 launch vehicle to Wenchang launch center, SpaceNews reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Virgin Orbit flight ends quickly, Netflix’s hybrid rocket," 29 May 2020 SpaceX had its first launch of its next-generation launch vehicle 10 years ago. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Forget Dragon, the Falcon 9 rocket is the secret sauce of SpaceX’s success," 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of launch vehicle

circa 1960, in the meaning defined above

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3 Sep 2020

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“Launch vehicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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