launch·​er | \ ˈlȯn-chər , ˈlän-\

Definition of launcher

: one that launches: such as
a : a device for firing grenades
b : a device for launching a missile

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Another industry that is eyeing the mission are CubeSat launchers. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How a Small CubeSat Became the Unlikely Hero of the InSight Landing," 29 Nov. 2018 Dozens of small satellite launchers rose up to fill low-Earth orbit with new constellations. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Virgin Galactic Hype Totally Misses the Point," 13 Dec. 2018 Investigators seized opioids, cocaine and other drugs, more than 100 guns and assault rifles, a grenade launcher and five cars in a broad federal inquiry in which prosecutors opened more than 90 cases. Katie Benner, New York Times, "Drug Dealers Targeted in Sweep of Illicit Online Marketplaces," 26 June 2018 But a small solid-fuel rocket fitted with an autophage engine might prove an ideal launcher for the growing number of small satellites being sent into space. The Economist, "A rocket that devours itself," 31 May 2018 The convoy appears to include at least three—and possibly as many as four—mobile missile launchers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "New Video Shows Russia's Mobile ICBMs Tackling the Snow," 17 Dec. 2018 Russia later developed the 9M729 cruise missile, which American officials say is fired from mobile launcher, can carry conventional as well as nuclear warheads, and has been tested at a distance prohibited by the treaty—a charge Moscow has denied. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "As One Arms Treaty Falls Apart, Others Look Shakier," 7 Dec. 2018 Lots of news from small launchers this week as Vector, Relativity, and Virgin Orbit all make moves intended to bring them closer to launch. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX nabs another contract, Vector cashes in, Vulcan delay," 26 Oct. 2018 Video aired by state television showed the short-range missiles being fired from mobile launchers in a field in an undisclosed location. Amir Vahdat, Fox News, "Iran Guard claims missile attack on separatist Kurds in Iraq," 9 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of launcher

1911, in the meaning defined above

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