launch vehicle

noun

Definition of launch vehicle 

: a rocket used to launch a satellite or spacecraft

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In that instance, although the U.S. insisted that agreement’s ban on long-range missile tests covered space launch vehicles, the North never formally accepted that interpretation. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "For Trump’s North Korea Summit, Abundant Lessons From Past Talks," 7 June 2018 The cost for such a launch vehicle would be about half that charged by foreign companies, ISRO believes. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: NASA chief sort of endorses SLS; Russia woes; Virgin Orbit," 8 June 2018 According to SpaceNews, the Spanish startup PLD Space raised this money last month from public and private investors to develop a pair of reusable launch vehicles. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Mysterious Washington “launch,” Aerojet tests, BFR job posting," 15 June 2018 The plane will be capable of carrying larger launch vehicles as well. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Stratolaunch Plans First Flight of Its Giant Plane for This Summer," 16 Apr. 2018 Though traditionally known for building engines that power larger launch vehicles such as the space shuttle, manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne is also developing a family of engines geared toward the small-satellite launch market. Samantha Masunaga, latimes.com, "The Defense Department wants small rockets that can launch satellites at a moment's notice," 24 May 2018 His company, Blue Origin, was building a reusable launch vehicle that, among other things, planned to take tourists into space. Walter Isaacson, New York Times, "In This Space Race, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk Are Competing to Take You There," 24 Apr. 2018 As part of its grand vision, SpaceX is designing the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, as a launch vehicle capable of carrying people to Mars. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Help Wanted: An Engineer to Build SpaceX's Rocket to Mars," 14 June 2018 Design reviews of the launch vehicle and launch site at Kennedy Space Center will occur this summer. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orbital ATK names next generation rocket that could launch from Kennedy Space Center," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of launch vehicle

circa 1960, in the meaning defined above

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