launching pad

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What shot Marlin off his launching pad was Wade calling a timeout with 12 seconds left and LSU ahead by nine points. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "If you light LSU coach Will Wade's fuse, step back and watch the fireworks," 15 Mar. 2018 The rocket is set to be rolled out to the launch pad this morning. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Atlas V launch for Air Force satellite set for Thursday night," 17 Jan. 2018 The COPVs have been a headache for SpaceX: in September 2016, one of these bottles caused a Falcon 9 to explode on a launch pad during fueling. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 rocket still needs a key update before it can fly astronauts," 24 May 2018 Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is scheduled to blast off from launch pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. James Rogers, Fox News, "SpaceX set to debut 'Block 5' rocket upgrade for satellite launch," 10 May 2018 This flight will occur from the company's launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX has a busy weekend ahead of it," 29 Mar. 2018 Visible vapors around the rocket and launch pad last week indicated the rocket had been fueled up. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "SpaceX Will Test the Engines of the World's Most Powerful Rocket Today," 15 Jan. 2018 The same specifications apply to any launch pads or platforms. Scientific American, "The Build-Your-Own Alka-Rocket Contest," 22 June 2018 The first commercial launch has not been scheduled but is expected to come from the company’s New Zealand launch pad. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Cape Canaveral one of four options for Rocket Lab launch pad," 11 July 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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