launch vehicle


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launch vehicle

n.
A rocket used to launch a spacecraft or satellite into an orbit or a trajectory.

launch vehicle

or

launching vehicle

n
1. (Astronautics) a rocket, without its payload, used to launch a spacecraft
2. (Astronautics) another name for booster2

launch′ ve`hicle


n.
a rocket used to launch a spacecraft or satellite into orbit or a probe into space.
[1955–1960]
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NASA should turn its considerable talents to developing a safer and more reliable launch vehicle. Until then, we should stop risking people's lives by sending them into space.
Two more trial flights are expected before the rocket is formally commissioned and ISRO confirms its commercial potential in the international space launch vehicle market.
The payload rockets that launch all commercial satellites and most government ones are Expendable Launch Vehicles, or ELVs.
In fact, they must be configured to follow a particular launch vehicle. These systems concentrate their active elements on the ground, with the vehicle mainly remaining passive.
For a space program that continued at approximately the pre-Challenger level of launch activity, the "best buy" would be to improve existing launch vehicles such as the space shuttle and Titan rocket.
The H-IIA launch vehicle is Japan's flagship launch vehicle and one of the most reliable launch vehicles in the world.
KhalifaSat, the first satellite built on UAE soil by Emirati engineers, has passed the necessary functional tests and has been integrated into the launch vehicle, an HII-A rocket, in time for its launch into orbit on Monday.
The cooperation with Brunei Darussalam through the agreement would lead to the operation, maintenance and augmentation of Indian Ground Station to support India's launch vehicle and satellite missions.
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A fuel leak was detected in the launch vehicle's second stage even as the indigenous cryogenic engine was being fuelled, one hour, 14 minutes and 20 seconds ahead of the scheduled launch at 4.50 pm from the second launchpad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
Although the rocket's powerful first stage was Russian-made, South Korean experts said they had gained valuable know-how that could enable them to build their own launch vehicle in its entirety by 2018.
DuPont has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to jointly develop urethane foam insulation reinforced with DuPont Kevlar fiber for use in a variety of future spacecraft, including the new launch vehicle being designed to replace the Space Shuttle.