message rocket n.
a (small) rocket used to carry a message
Instead of the irregular lump of cosmic rubbish he expected, he found himself gazing at a dented, stellium cylinder. ‘A message rocket,’ he muttered. ‘Now what the —?’ Bending down, he rolled it over and felt for the catch which would slide the message compartment cover aside.
Exiles on Asperus in Wonder Stories Quarterly Winter 168/2
A little over a year ago, Solar Arbitrary Time, a message rocket dropped into the receiving chute at the Interworld Space Authority headquarters on Mars.
Veil of Astellar in Thrilling Wonder Stories Spring 50/1
In firing a torpedo you want an impact at the end of the run, a big smash. A message rocket would have to arrive in shape to deliver the message, so velocity would have to be considered.
Asylum Satellite in Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct. 26/1
He asked, somewhat stupidly, ‘Wasn’t that a message rocket, Mr. Thorn?’ ‘We have occasion to send messages from time to time.’
Thereby Hangs… in Astounding Science Fiction May 136/1
I wouldn’t waste any time putting that message rocket into orbit, Kurt. Every minute is going to be precious from now on.
Dilemma with Three Horns in New Worlds Science Fiction Jan. 18
He recorded on a chip the size of a flyspeck and loaded it into a tiny transmitter and fired it off parcel post in a five-stage, high-gee message rocket.
Black Hole Passes in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction June 9/1
John Wyndham (writing as "John Beynon Harris") in Wonder Stories Quarterly
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