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Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet while rival Qatar hosts a key U.S. air base that's a launchpad for its campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Qatar is home to the U.S. Central Command and serves as a launchpad for airstrikes against the Islamic State.
The deployment of Iridium NEXT was significantly delayed by the launchpad explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9 in September of last year, which put launches on hold for months.
The quickening pace of launches illustrates how SpaceX has bounced back after one of its rockets and a customer’s satellite blew up on a Florida launchpad in September.
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet had approved her proposal to relocate the more than 250 troops to an air base in Jordan from Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey, a launchpad used since...
Traditionally, serving as EPA administrator hasn't been a launchpad for higher office.
It’s no coincidence that all these companies are eyeing Seattle as a launchpad for stationless bike share.
Traditionally, serving as EPA administrator hasn’t ranked as a launchpad for higher office.
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First Known Use of launchpad
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Definition of launchpad for English Language Learners
: an area from which a rocket is launched
LAUNCHPAD Defined for Kids
Definition of launchpad for Students
: a nonflammable platform from which a rocket can be launched
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