Commonly used term for a launch vehicle. One burning liquid or solid fuel and carrying Its own oxidizer, enabling combustion to continue outside of the earth's atmosphere.

All Burnt

The time at which a rocket consumes its propellants.

Balloon Type Rocket

A liquid-fuel rocket that requires the pressure of its propellants (or other gases) within it to give it structural integrity.

Step Rocket

Another name for a multi-stage rocket.

Theoretical Rocket

This is an ideal rocket.


A longitudinal protuberance on a rocket body used to house wiring, piping, etc., so as to not route the wiring through the propellant tanks.

Ullage Rocket

A small rocket used in space to impart an acceleration to a tank system to insure that the liquid propellants collect in the tank in such a manner as to flow properly into the pumps or thrust chamber.

Upper Stage

A second or later stage in a multistage rocket.

Zero-Length Rocket

A rocket with sufficient thrust to launch a vehicle directly into the air.

Historical Notes

  1. 1232 Rockets invented in China to defend city of Kaifeng against Mongol invaders.
  2. 1500 Chinese scientist Wan Hu ties 47 gunpowder rockets to a chair in an effort to make a flying machine, but it explodes and kills him!
  3. 1804 Rockets developed by the British Army Corp reached height of 1830m.
  4. 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket.
  5. 1934 Wernher von Braun, a German engineer, develops a rocket powered by liquid fuel. It reaches a height of 2.4km.

See also: Braun, Werner von, Goddard, Robert Hutchings, Liquid Air Rocket, Ramjet, Ram-Rocket, Rocket Engine, Rocket Fuel, Rocket Nozzle, Rocketsonde, Scramjet, Solid Rocket, Thrust, Thrusters, Vehicle Mass Ratio.

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