nose cone

noun

Definition of nose cone

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

Examples of nose cone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For this, SpaceX needed to add large flaps to the tank section, and a nose cone. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "For the first time, a Starship prototype roars to life with three engines," 20 Oct. 2020 Less than a minute after stage separation, the two halves of the rocket's nose cone fairing, both veterans of two earlier missions, fell away for parachute descents to capture netting aboard waiting recovery ships. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX launches 14th batch of Starlink internet satellites in fast-growing fleet," 19 Oct. 2020 Now the focus at the company's Boca Chica site will turn to preparing SN 8—a full-scale prototype with flaps, a nose cone, and three Raptor engines—for a flight campaign. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Starship pops on purpose, Delta IV Heavy ready to try again," 25 Sep. 2020 This prototype lacked key structural elements, including a large nose cone, flaps, an interstage, and more. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: South Korea’s SpaceX dilemma, Rocket Lab finds a quick fix," 7 Aug. 2020 This prototype lacked key structural elements, including a large nose cone, flaps, an interstage, and more. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: South Korea’s SpaceX dilemma, Rocket Lab finds a quick fix," 7 Aug. 2020 An airliner in New York made an emergency landing after having its nose cone flattened. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Holy Moly, Look How a Bird Flattened This Plane's Nose Cone," 8 July 2020 This prototype lacked key structural elements, including a large nose cone, flaps, an interstage, and more. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: South Korea’s SpaceX dilemma, Rocket Lab finds a quick fix," 7 Aug. 2020 The prototype does not have all of the features of a Starship, including a nose cone, flaps, and other structural features that will guide Starship during its flight through the upper atmosphere. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Road is closed for second Starship hop attempt Tuesday [Updated]," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of nose cone

1949, in the meaning defined above

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2 Nov 2020

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“Nose cone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nose%20cone. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for nose cone

nose cone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nose cone

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

nose cone

noun

Kids Definition of nose cone

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

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