nose cone


Definition of nose cone 

: a protective cone constituting the forward end of an aerospace vehicle

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Ideally, once one of these rocket lands, SpaceX will turn it horizontal, attach a new upper stage and nose cone on top, turn it vertical on the launchpad, fill it with propellant, and then launch it again. Loren Grush, The Verge, "With the landing of SpaceX’s powerful new Falcon 9, a new era of rocket reusability takes off," 11 May 2018 The material is used to make tips for the nose cones of missile reentry vehicles, which carry nuclear weapons through the atmosphere en route to their targets. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "Satellite Images Hint North Korea Won’t Disarm Anytime Soon," 5 July 2018 The impact severed the nose cone of the second airplane. Washington Post, "Fatality reported after Alaska midair crash; 1 pilot safe," 13 June 2018 The creation of a new 480,000-square-foot campus would enable SpaceX to store and refurbish large numbers of Falcon rocket boosters and nose cones near the launch pad—supporting its goal of rapid reusability. Amy Thompson, WIRED, "The Air Force Is Already Betting on SpaceX's Brand-New Falcon Heavy," 5 July 2018 In 1977, the most distinctive feature of the official livery for the Southern Airways fleet was that cobalt-blue band, emblazoned with the company’s name, which ran from the nose cone to the tail. Samme Chittum, Smithsonian, "What Happened When a Southern Airways Flight 242 Crashed in Sadie Burkhalter’s Front Yard," 26 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, Guerrero’s crew replaced his damaged nose cone. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "'It looked like a flying saucer': The story of the last spectator death at the Indy 500," 22 May 2018 SpaceX deploys a parafoil to guide the pieces of the nose cone back to Earth—after all, the payload fairing is worth about $7 million. Robin Seemangal, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Test-Fires New Falcon 9 Block 5 Rocket Ahead of Maiden Flight (Updated)," 4 May 2018 The company tried the trick for the first time in February, but the nose cone piece just missed the boat by a few hundred yards. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX will try again to catch a Falcon 9 nose cone during this morning’s launch," 30 Mar. 2018

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nose cone

: the pointed front end of an aircraft, rocket, missile, etc.

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Kids Definition of nose cone

: a protective cone forming the forward end of an airplane, rocket, or missile

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