Definition of launch vehicle in English:

launch vehicle

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  • A rocket-powered vehicle used to send artificial satellites or spacecraft into space.

    ‘Its solid rocket motor ignited 5.2 seconds later sending the launch vehicle and research vehicle payload on its test flight.’
    • ‘The first launch of any new rocket is risky and few companies will want to put their very expensive new spacecraft on an untried launch vehicle.’
    • ‘A kind of rocket-powered taxicab called a launch vehicle carries a satellite from earth into space.’
    • ‘The only regulatory regime that we have that allows safe flight for the general public while permitting revenue operation of untried vehicles is the launch vehicle regulatory regime.’
    • ‘GPS managers faced the need to find a new launch vehicle for the now-grounded space shuttle and finish the still incomplete second-generation of satellites.’
    • ‘The launch vehicle pushes the spacecraft onto a heading that pushes it in the direction of a final destination.’
    • ‘Both proposals are for complete missions, including launch vehicle, spacecraft and science instrument payload.’
    • ‘However, launch vehicle and spacecraft representatives will be available afterward to informally answer questions from the media.’
    • ‘Although the Chinese have reportedly studied a launch vehicle capable of launching up to 70 metric tons, they have provided no indication that they intend to build it.’
    • ‘The problem, of course, is that one cannot by a launch vehicle by the pound: you either buy the entire vehicle, at perhaps a billion dollars in this case, or nothing at all.’
    • ‘Spacecraft operations engineers take control of the satellite after it separates from the launch vehicle up to the time when the satellite is safely positioned in its final nominal orbit.’
    • ‘This launch vehicle carries a triple launcher which is raised for firing, with the armor plates moving to the side.’
    • ‘It is then mounted to the launch vehicle using a special adaptor that will release it into space once the rocket has done its job.’
    • ‘Each ground system comprises a mobile ground control station with a datalink communications vehicle, a launch vehicle, a recovery vehicle and a refurbishing vehicle.’
    • ‘This had worked well, since there was an obvious difference between a suborbital and orbital launch, and little chance of confusing a launch vehicle with an aircraft.’
    • ‘The aircraft will climb to approximately 39,000 feet and release the launch vehicle and payload.’
    • ‘But the shuttle was still the launch vehicle that government programs were required to use, and it was subsidized in a manner to make sure no commercial competitors arose.’
    • ‘Using composite materials to reduce vehicle weight is one of the keys to successfully developing a single-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle.’
    • ‘With the final selection of an architecture, full-scale development of a reusable launch vehicle could begin around the middle of this decade.’
    • ‘A reusable launch vehicle program could be done for one to two billion dollars a year.’


launch vehicle

/lônCH ˈvēˌhikəl/ /lɔntʃ ˈviˌhɪkəl/ /ˈvēəkəl/ /ˈviəkəl/