nose cone

noun Rocketry.
the cone-shaped forward section of a rocket or guided missile, including a heat shield and containing the payload.

Origin:
1945–50

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nose cone
 
n
the conical forward section of a missile, spacecraft, etc, designed to withstand high temperatures, esp during re-entry into the earth's atmosphere

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Using the sharpened end of your pencil, twist the top of the body tube into a nose cone.
No sharp objects should be placed on top of the nose cone or elsewhere on the rocket.
Insert the payload and close off the upper end with a standard nose cone.
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