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- n. an explosive charge that propels a rocket
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"If you fire a laser up the back end of a rocket-a standard rocket-motor bell shape, but thick-you get much the same effect as if you carried rocket fuel aboard, but there's a lot more payload, because you can leave your power source on the ground.
Tom Swift's advantage over his competitors is that he has perfected a rocket fuel which can carry his ship into and out of orbital flight.
But as the scientist Richard P. Feynman notoriously demonstrated in a presentation before Congressional investigators, the decision to launch on a cold morning caused the booster rocket O rings to become brittle and to leak rocket fuel after takeoff.