booster rocket

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Noun1.booster rocket - the first stage of a multistage rocketbooster rocket - the first stage of a multistage rocket
multistage rocket, step 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
rocket engine, rocket - a jet engine containing its own propellant and driven by reaction propulsion
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From there, a booster rocket lifted it to 34 miles (55 kilometers) where the descent began.
ASTANA (CyHAN)- At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft was mated to its Soyuz booster rocket March 24 as preparations continued for the launch of Expedition 43 Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and NASA Flight Engineer Scott Kelly on March 27 U.
SpaceX sent a supply ship soaring flawlessly toward the International Space Station on Saturday, but the booster rocket ended up in pieces in the Atlantic following a failed attempt to land on a barge.
AUGUST 25 -- SpaceX files two petitions with the US Patent & Trademark Office challenging a patent awarded to Blue Origin covering a method for landing a booster rocket at sea.
During the coming week it is planned to check control systems of the spacecraft and booster rocket.
Friday's unmanned mission went awry when the engine on the third stage of the Proton-M booster rocket failed, Oleg Ostapenko, head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos, told Russian news agencies.
State-run Rossiya-24 television showed footage of the Proton-M booster rocket veering off course seconds after lift-off.
A booster rocket launches the missile, which is 15ft long, before a jet powers it along at Mach 9, just under the speed of sound.
The craft will freefall for four seconds before its booster rocket engine ignites and propels the aircraft for 30 seconds to about Mach 4.
Once it is released over the ocean it will fall for several seconds, at which point a booster rocket will ignite for the craft to gain its initial acceleration for around 30 seconds.
The 5,600-kg satellite, launched by the Sea Launch corporation, was separated from the booster rocket at 10:23 a.
The satellite was separated from the booster rocket and entered into an