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launch vehicle

noun

  1. Aerospace. a rocket used to launch a spacecraft or satellite into orbit or a space probe into space.


launch vehicle

noun

  1. a rocket, without its payload, used to launch a spacecraft
  2. another name for booster


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Word History and Origins

Origin of launch vehicle1

First recorded in 1955–1960
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Example Sentences

Seven, eight years ago, I founded the company, but it was not to be a launch vehicle for movies for me.

From Ozy

While Rocket Lab has been developing and testing a booster stage recovery process to help it re-use part of its launch vehicles on subsequent flights, this particular mission did not include a recovery attempt.

It’s called New Glenn—a heavy launch vehicle that’s supposed to be more powerful than even a SpaceX Falcon Heavy.

The Artemis missions, however, will use a variety of new launch vehicles and spacecraft.

This autonomous aircraft and launch vehicle measures 24 meters long and has a wingspan of 18 meters.

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