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What is the purpose of the nose cone on a rocket?

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According to the Physics Department of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the general purpose of the nose cone of a rocket is to punch a hole through the atmosphere as the rocket is propelled towards its target.RocketA rocket is described by the Federation of American Scientists website as moving because of a steady stream of fuel ejected from its rear. The nose cone is important as it helps reduce the amount of force pushing against the rocket.DragAircraft information website Aerospace Web explains the nose cone of a rocket is important because it helps move the rocket through the atmosphere in an efficient way. Drag is a force pushing against the rocket as it moves toward its target; the nose cone reduces the amount of this force, allowing the rocket to move upward.TypesA number of different types of nose cones are produced to allow the movement of rockets and aircraft at their most efficient level, according to the University of Alaska Fairbanks.SupersonicAt supersonic, or speeds ... more
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