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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Released over the ocean off the California coast, the Pegasus booster rocket will take the X-43A to an altitude of 95,000 feet and a speed of Mach 7, roughly 4,900 mph.
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE - The flight test of the unmanned hypersonic X-43A is being delayed a few weeks to repair damage to its booster rocket and to improve its piloting software.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration conducted a captive carry flight Monday in which the wedge-shape X-43A, mounted on a Pegasus winged space booster rocket, was carried aloft by a modified B-52.
Today, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will conduct what it calls a captive carry flight in which the ultra-high-speed X-43A, mounted on a Pegasus winged space booster rocket, will be carried aloft by a modified B-52.
Another X-37 craft, still in the design stage, was planned to be launched into space atop a booster rocket in 2006, but the new moon initiative is raising questions about whether that effort will survive the budget ax.
The Roscosmos space agency said it had failed to establish communications with the Meteor M 2-1 satellite that was launched on a Soyuz-2 booster rocket from Russia's new Vostochny launch pad in the Far East.
The important flight events, namely, burn out of booster rocket stage, ignition of second stage solid rocket, functioning of Scramjet engines for 5 seconds followed by burn out of the second stage took place exactly as planned.
NASA has successfully tested its new Space Launch System (SLS) booster rocket, which will be instrumental in the agency's planned journey to Mars.
Problems with the booster rocket were known, but nothing bad ever happened so the behavior continued.
WASHINGTON, April 8 (KUNA) -- Instead of veering into the ocean, a booster rocket was successfully landed on an ocean pad for the first time after it helped the take-off of a state-of-the-art expandable cargo spacecraft.
Rabi'I 25, 1437, January 05, 2016, SPA -- SpaceX's booster rocket, the Falcon, is back in its nest following a historic landing, according to AP.
This is the first time that a reusable booster rocket has