single-stage rocket

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single-stage rocket

[′siŋ·gəl ¦stāj ′räk·ət]
(aerospace engineering)
A rocket or rocket missile to which the total thrust is imparted in a single phase, by either a single or multiple thrust unit.
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The X-33 is a 53 percent-scale aircraft of a single-stage-to-orbit spacecraft - dubbed VentureStar - that the Skunk Works facility plans to build.
MINNEAPOLIS, July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) said its Aerospace Systems Group has been awarded a $29 million contract from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) to produce the fiber-placed liquid hydrogen tanks for the Lockheed Martin VentureStar(TM), the winner of the NASA X-33 Single-Stage-to-Orbit (SSTO) Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) competition.
July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA today selected Lockheed Martin's VentureStar(TM) as the winner of the X-33 Single-Stage-to-Orbit (SSTO) Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) competition.
The X-33 is a 53 percent scale aircraft of a single-stage-to-orbit spacecraft - dubbed VentureStar - that the Skunk Works facility plans to build.
The composite tank is a key ingredient to achieving the vehicle mass fraction (ratio of propellant to total vehicle weight) required for single-stage-to-orbit flight.
Intended to prove new technologies for a future spacecraft, the X-33 is a half-scale version of a single-stage-to-orbit spacecraft - dubbed VentureStar - the Skunk Works plans to build.
technology required for RLV operability and single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO)
As in the DC-X program, the DC-XA will demonstrate the feasibility of a single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) reusable rocket with high technology components and demonstrate aircraft-like operability and maintainability," said David Schweikle, DC-XA program manager for McDonnell Douglas.
Mattingly, the Skunk Works vice president of single-stage-to-orbit operations.
The flights are critical in advancing reusable launch vehicle technology for single-stage-to-orbit vehicles," said Dave Schweikle, McDonnell Douglas DC-XA program manager.
To make a single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) launch vehicle a reality, Rockwell intends to be bold in pushing the state of the art in subsystem technology, but prudent in packaging that technology in a known class of aerodynamic configuration and launch/flight modes," he said.
The goal of the X-33 program is to build a reusable, single-stage-to-orbit spacecraft.