launch vehicle

Aerospace. a rocket used to launch a spacecraft or satellite into orbit or a space probe into space.

1955–1960 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
launch vehicle or launching vehicle
1.  a rocket, without its payload, used to launch a spacecraft
2.  another name for booster
launching vehicle or launching vehicle

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Shuttle is still the heaviest manned launch vehicle available.
Second, this is a company with multiple potentially disruptive innovations in
  the pipeline, including the reusable launch vehicle.
Let them drop the million and one side projects they have and focus them on a
  new launch vehicle and their core mission.
Might have some interesting utility for say powering a launch vehicle.
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