Definition of launch vehicle in English:

launch vehicle


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its solid rocket motor ignited 5.2 seconds later sending the launch vehicle and research vehicle payload on its test flight.’
    • ‘However, launch vehicle and spacecraft representatives will be available afterward to informally answer questions from the media.’
    • ‘Each ground system comprises a mobile ground control station with a datalink communications vehicle, a launch vehicle, a recovery vehicle and a refurbishing vehicle.’
    • ‘The aircraft will climb to approximately 39,000 feet and release the launch vehicle and payload.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Using composite materials to reduce vehicle weight is one of the keys to successfully developing a single-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With the final selection of an architecture, full-scale development of a reusable launch vehicle could begin around the middle of this decade.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This launch vehicle carries a triple launcher which is raised for firing, with the armor plates moving to the side.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A kind of rocket-powered taxicab called a launch vehicle carries a satellite from earth into space.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘A reusable launch vehicle program could be done for one to two billion dollars a year.’