multistage rocket

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multistage rocket

n.
A rocket composed of two or more propulsion units that fire in succession. Also called step rocket.
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Noun1.multistage rocket - a rocket having two or more rocket engines (each with its own fuel) that are fired in succession and jettisoned when the fuel is exhausted
booster rocket, booster unit, takeoff booster, takeoff rocket, booster - the first stage of a multistage rocket
rocket, projectile - any vehicle self-propelled by a rocket engine
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Through our partnership with SpaceX we're gaining access to real-world test data about advanced rocket stage design and retro-propulsion," said Michael Gazarik, NASA's associate administrator for Space Technology at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
The empty rocket stage from SpaceLiner would return to Earth after launch so that it could be reused.
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Cryogenic denotes a rocket stage that is much more efficient, providing more thrust for every kg of propellant compared to stages that run on solid and liquid propellants.
Drawing heavily from NASA books, reports, mission transcripts, and other official documents, the authors flesh out the incredible story of how engineers transformed a spent Saturn V rocket stage into America's first space station.
The LCROSS mission consisted of two pieces — an empty rocket stage to carve into the lunar surface and a small spacecraft to measure the liquid that would fly off the surface.
The General Staff of the Korean People's Army on Wednesday released a report that called a bid by Japan to recover a North Korean rocket stage from the sea a ''military provocative act,'' according to the Korean Central News Agency.
Before this spring, the rocket stage had probably spent three decades orbiting the sun.
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The first Centaur launches in the early 1960's demonstrated the extremely high performance that can be achieved with a liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen rocket stage.