Rocket launcher

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A rocket launcher is a device for launching a rocket. They can be wheel-mounted, motorised, fixed for use on the ground, mounted on aircraft (as under the wings) or installed on or below the decks of ships[1].


The rocket launcher was invented[2] in the early 15th century in China as arrows attached to rockets were regarded as formidable weapons. Here is an illustration[2] of a conical rocket launcher with an internal construction aimed at keeping the arrows apart; poison would often be applied to the arrowheads:

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Here is a photograph[2] of a reconstruction of the aforementioned rocket launcher:

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