nose cone


Definition of nose cone

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

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Once the rocket is in space, the nose cone, or payload fairing, splits in half and the pieces fall back to Earth. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX’s boat for catching rocket parts is now sporting a much bigger net," 13 July 2018 Three years later, it was paraded again with a rounder, more blunt nose cone. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "North Korea Paraded New Missiles, and They're a Big Deal," 17 Apr. 2017 Another photo showed a QF-16 target drone (a F-16 modified to act as an unmanned practice target) with the aircraft nose cone broken off. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "More Than a Dozen F-22s May Have Been Damaged or Destroyed by Hurricane Michael," 15 Oct. 2018 The plane crashed shortly after takeoff, and the force was so strong the nose cone was separated from the rest of the plane. Peter Greenberg, Town & Country, "Unfriendly Skies," 7 Feb. 2014 Many Alka-Rocketeers often add nose cones and fins to their creations. Renee Morad, Scientific American, "Build the Best Alka-Rocket Ever—with Science," 7 Sep. 2017 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

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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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