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ROCKETRY TERMINOLOGY




   • adapter skirt
   • air start
   • augmentor
   • average thrust

   • ballistic missile
   • base drag
   • BECO (booster engine cutoff)
   • bleed-cycle operation
   • blockhouse
   • blowdown
   • blowoff
   • boat-tail
   • boilerplate
   • boiloff
   • boost
   • boost glider
   • boost phase
   • booster
   • bootstrap
   • burn
   • burn pond
   • burn rate
   • burn time
   • burnout
   • burnout plug
   • burnout velocity
   • burnout weight

   • canted nozzle
   • captive test
   • chamber pressure
   • characteristic length
   • characteristic velocity
   • chemical rocket
   • chuffing
   • cold-flow test
   • combustion
   • combustion chamber
   • combustion efficiency
   • combustion, incomplete
   • combustion instability
   • combustion limit
   • combustion oscillation
   • command destruct
   • countdown
   • cruise missile
   • cutoff

   • dawn rocket
   • de Laval nozzle
   • deluge collection pond
   • development vehicle
   • downrange
   • dry weight

   • effective exhaust velocity
   • environmental engine
   • exhaust nozzle
   • exhaust stream
   • exhaust velocity
   • expansion ratio
   • explosive bolt

   • fairing
   • fall-away section
   • fire point
   • first motion
   • flame bucket
   • flame deflector
   • flashback
   • flash point
   • flight readiness firing
   • flight test
   • fly-away disconnects
   • fuel

   • gantry
   • gas generator
   • gaseous-propellant rocket engine
   • Go, No-go

   • high mass fraction
   • hold
   • hold-down test
   • holding fixture
   • holding pond
   • horizontal preflight checkout
   • hot test
   • hybrid-propellant rocket engine

   • ice frost
   • ideal burning
   • ideal rocket
   • ignition
   • ignition lag
   • impulse, total
   • impulse-weight ratio
   • injector
   • interstage

   • kick stage

   • launch
   • launch control center
   • launch pad
   • launch support and hold-down arm
   • launch umbilical tower
   • launch vehicle
   • launch window
   • launcher deflector
   • leveled thrust
   • limit load
   • limit pressure
   • liquid-air cycle engine
   • liquid-fueled rocket
   • liquid-propellant rocket engine
   • load factor
   • longitudinal axis

   • main stage
   • mass ratio
   • Max Q
   • MECO (main engine cutoff)
   • motor
   • motor chamber
   • multistage ignition
   • multistage rocket

   • nosecone
   • nozzle
   • nozzle area ratio
   • nozzle efficiency
   • nozzle exit angle

   • oxygen-hydrocarbon engine

   • pad abort
   • pad deluge
   • parallel operation of engines
   • parallel staging
   • payload
   • payload integration
   • payload ratio
   • perigee propulsion
   • picket ship
   • pitchover
   • pogo effect
   • prelaunch
   • prelaunch test
   • pressure feed system
   • pressure limit
   • prevalve
   • progressive burning
   • propellant-mass ratio
   • propulsion system
   • purge

   • range safety officer
   • reaction engine
   • reaction mass
   • reaction nozzle
   • regenerative cooling
   • regressive burning
   • remaining mass
   • reusable launch vehicle
   • rocket
   • rocket equation
   • rocket plane
   • rocket principle
   • rocket propulsion
   • rumble

   • screaming
   • scrub
   • separation
   • service tower
   • sloshing
   • solid-propellant rocket motor
   • spaceplane
   • specific impulse
   • stage
   • staged-in-orbit
   • staging
   • static firing
   • static testing
   • stay time
   • step principle
   • step rocket

   • takeoff mass
   • tank
   • tankage
   • thermal load
   • throat
   • throatable
   • thrust
   • thrust chamber
   • thrust commit
   • thrust decay
   • thrust equalizer
   • thrust generator
   • thrust misalignment
   • thrust vector control
   • thrust-to-Earth-weight ratio
   • total impulse
   • turbopump

   • ullage
   • umbilical connections
   • umbilical cord
   • umbilical swing arm
   • umbilical tower
   • underdeck spray
   • unrestricted burn

   • vacuum trajectory

   • weight flow rate
   • wet emplacement
   • working pressure

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