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 Instead, the spacecraft and launch vehicle were rolled back into the hulking, nearby Vertical Integration Facility for inspection. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 12 Aug. 2021 The Vulcan Centaur is a two-stage-to-orbit, heavy-lift launch vehicle under development by ULA since 2014 with an initial flight expected in 2022. Tribune News Service, al, 15 Aug. 2021 Virgin Galactic, a suborbital tourism company, earned $238,000; Spire, another satellite imaging firm, earned $29 million; and Rocket Lab, the launch vehicle maker, earned about $35 million. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 15 July 2021 That's more than twice the total thrust output of NASA's Saturn V rocket, which powered the mid-20th century moon landings, and for decades has held the record for the most powerful launch vehicle ever flown. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 15 June 2021 The funds came from a $28 million donation to Blue Origin in an auction for a seat on its New Shepard, the company’s reusable space launch vehicle. Paul Gattis |, al, 14 July 2021 For the moment, popular attention appears to be focused on the billionaires’ launches; Bezos is scheduled to take a suborbital flight via the New Shepard launch vehicle of his Blue Origin spaceflight company July 20. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2021 In January 2019 and July 2017, the Iranian Space Agency launched a two-stage space launch vehicle, but both launches failed to put a satellite into orbit. Zachary Cohen And Oren Liebermann, CNN, 22 June 2021 At a conference last week, Wu Yansheng, a senior official with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, said China will develop its first launch vehicle capable of vertical takeoff, vertical landing (VTVL) by 2025. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of launch vehicle

circa 1960, in the meaning defined above

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