rocket plane


: an airplane propelled by rockets

Examples of rocket plane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Virgin Galactic, the space tourism company that kicked off the SPAC boom, flew its rocket plane to the limit of the atmosphere and back this morning (May 25) for the first time in nearly two years. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 25 May 2023 The flight, called Galactic 06 by Virgin Galactic, carried four customers for the first time, along with its two pilots, on a suborbital hop over New Mexico aboard the VSS Unity rocket plane. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2024 Zombie stars and the corporatization of the galaxy Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic will possibly join on a suborbital flight aboard the VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo rocket plane more than two weeks before Bezos' flight, Parabolic's Douglas Messier reports. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 9 June 2021 Virgin Galactic suffered its own casualty in 2014 when its rocket plane broke apart during a test flight, killing one pilot. Susan Montoya Bryan, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Aug. 2023 That suggests the company will need north of $1 billion to develop and manufacture its new rocket planes while flying its existing fleet on a regular basis. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 29 June 2023 Test pilot Joe Walker flew the X-15 rocket plane to the rim of space. WSJ, 2 June 2023 Virgin Galactic sends small groups of passengers to briefly visit the edge of space onboard a rocket plane that is dropped from a plane 40,000 feet (12,192 metres) above the ground; the first successful mission took place in 2018. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 20 June 2023 Though that mission succeeded, the VSS Unity rocket plane was off course and likely should have aborted the mission. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 25 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rocket plane was in 1928

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“Rocket plane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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