launching pad

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The SpaceX landing site is near the launch pad, so photographs of the landing could be quite dramatic. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX launches heavy telecom satellite, sticks high-seas landing," 10 Sep. 2018 New Orleans Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo has been on the NBA playoffs launching pad for about a month. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "'Help me Rondo, help help me Rondo' is Pelicans' battle cry," 13 Apr. 2018 Shrouded in fog, SpaceX brought its Falcon 9 rocket, mated with the Dragon 2 capsule, to launch pad 39A for prelaunch testing. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America Is About to Take Back Human Spaceflight, and It's a Lot More Than Just Flag-Waving," 4 Jan. 2019 For rocket fanatics, this should make for a fun day, especially with some bigger rockets on the launch pad. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Tuesday may deliver a triple-header of big launches to cap 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 But for all the talk of the challenges that plague them at the launching pad known as Coors Field, the Rockies actually have fared pretty well there. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Team That Figured Out How to Win on the Road," 7 Sep. 2018 The launch pad explosion is the focus of the concern, and NASA has its collective eye on the root cause: a pressurized helium canister located inside the fuel tank. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX and NASA Reach Agreement on Astronaut Safety," 20 Aug. 2018 Late Sunday night, SpaceX plans to launch a communications satellite into orbit from its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, within a four-hour launch window that begins at 11:28 PM ET. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Watch SpaceX launch a communications satellite tonight," 9 Sep. 2018 At one point during the shoot, Dovima posed in front of a launch pad rigged with an SM-65 Atlas, which was not actually a spacecraft but the first intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. Stephen Mooallem, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pop Goes Bazaar: A Look Back at the Magazine in the 1960s," 9 June 2017

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1951, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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