launching pad

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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 Fixed rocket launch pads in California, Florida, and elsewhere are vulnerable to sabotage and other forms of attack, but Stratolaunch could operate from many secure military air bases. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Does Stratolaunch Have a Top Secret Purpose?," 22 Aug. 2018 During an interview earlier this year, Chris Ferguson, the director of Starliner crew and mission systems, explained how the launch pad abort test in New Mexico would work. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Boeing suffers a setback with Starliner’s pad abort test [Updated]," 21 July 2018 Here’s video of a New Shepard rocket taking off and then landing again back on a launch pad. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Jeff Bezos wants to send tourists into space in 2019," 15 Oct. 2018 In the spirit of keeping dreams alive and being a runway, or launching pad, for more than just last year's six winners, the beloved Fixer Upper star is making Chipstarter 2.0 happen. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Chip Gaines Wants To Make Your Dreams Come True With Chipstarter 2.0," 30 Aug. 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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