nose cone


Definition of nose cone

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

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But more important, Israel and a number of Western experts say a nuclear weapon can be fashioned to fit in the missile’s nose cone. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "In Escalation, Iran Tests Medium-Range Missile, U.S. Official Says," 25 July 2019 But in January, Musk tweeted that strong winds had damaged the nose cone. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, "SpaceX Starhopper rocket takes a bigger hop as Elon Musk prepares for Mars," 27 Aug. 2019 The top half includes the vehicle’s nose cone, and the aft section is composed of barrels that make up the fuselage. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX’s Starship prototype has taken flight for the first time," 25 July 2019 The video of the catch, shared by CEO Elon Musk, shows the nose cone, or payload fairing, leisurely falling into a net attached to one of SpaceX’s boats named Ms. Tree. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch SpaceX’s net-wielding boat slowly catch a rocket nose cone falling from the sky," 7 Aug. 2019 The top half included its nose cone, and the aft section was composed of barrels making up the fuselage. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk will update the status of Starship development on August 24," 4 Aug. 2019 It is used in the fabrication of nose cones for long-range missiles and the manufacture of the rotors in the centrifuges that enrich uranium. Robert Windrem, NBC News, "3 Iranians charged with exporting tons of substance used in missiles, nuclear centrifuges," 16 July 2019 Tucked inside its massive nose cone, among two dozen other satellites, sat a tiny spacecraft: a bread-loaf-sized device designed to propel itself by gossamer sails that harness the pressure of sunlight. Amy Thompson, Smithsonian, "LightSail 2 Launches to Space to Soar on the Power of Sunshine," 25 June 2019 The payload fairings of the Falcon 9 that make up the rocket's nose cone fall away to expose the satellite when the rocket's second stage gets high enough into space that the air resistance is minimal. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Watch SpaceX Launch the First Rocket of Two Back-to-Back Flights," 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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