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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But the single-stage-to-orbit trail has gone cold in the United States.
Our Skylon single-stage-to-orbit reusable launcher will have all the operational advantages of an aeroplane--it will have wings and an undercarriage.
The single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) design was the way thousands of tiny "Brilliant Pebble" antimissile satellites were going to reach orbit and protect us from attack.
Some people in JPO, for example, favor the Rockwell air breathing single-stage-to-orbit design.
VentureStar is a single-stage-to-orbit vehicle, giving California the opportunity to launch over land on an easterly trajectory to meet the demands of the growing commercial space market.
The Combined Environment Acoustic Chamber (CEAC), based at the Wright Laboratory in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, aims to develop and demonstrate enabling technologies for future operational, air-breathing, single-stage-to-orbit, and hypersonic cruise aerospace planes.
Interest in the CCTV is growing as prospects fade for commercial development of the Lockheed Martin VentureStar single-stage-to-orbit vehicle, because of costs, technical risks and the financial state of Lockheed Martin.
Based on what we're hearing from industry, for the second generation vehicle, single-stage-to-orbit is not viable.
At the subcommittee's request, an ASME Aerospace Division task force reviewed the effort and recommended restructuring the program to better meet its ultimate goal of launching and flying a single-stage-to-orbit vehicle.
The X-33, which takes off vertically and lands horizontally, represents a "proof-of-concept demo" of a single-stage-to-orbit rocket vehicle that will offer "airline style" operations.
Lockheed Martin states the most savings can be gleaned from phasing out the shuttle in favor of a single-stage-to-orbit spaceship the company is developing in Palmdale called VentureStar.
Amid an ambitious 20-month $59 million development program, they are building the Delta Clipper, a unique wingless single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) vehicle that will carry payloads into low earth orbit and return to earth in one piece.