launch·pad | \ˈlȯnch-ˌpad, ˈlänch-\

Definition of launchpad 

: a nonflammable platform from which a rocket, launch vehicle, or guided missile can be launched

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And in 2016, one of Musk's other companies, SpaceX, asked to inspect the roof of a competitor's building following the explosion on the launchpad of one of SpaceX's rockets. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Musk alleges Tesla Model 3 production has been sabotaged, according to CNBC," 18 June 2018 According to a report from, the launch tower is leaning slightly toward the North, which is in the direction of the rocket on the launchpad. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's $1 Billion Mobile Launcher Leans a Little," 21 Feb. 2018 This time, Rocket Lab is doubling down with paying customers: Spire will return to the launchpad, joined by climate- and environment-monitoring company GeoOptics. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "It's Business Time for Rocket Lab, Launcher of Small Satellites," 22 June 2018 Once again, for providers of small satellite launch vehicles, getting to the launchpad sooner rather than later is critical. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: NASA chief sort of endorses SLS; Russia woes; Virgin Orbit," 8 June 2018 The concern is that monetary policy will be tightened too much, ending a long-running U.S. expansion, even before other central banks have really got off the launchpad. Richard Barley, WSJ, "What the Rising Dollar Says About Global Growth," 2 May 2018 The demonstration flight will lift off from the historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, the same launchpad that hosted the Apollo missions as well as multiple space shuttle missions. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Aims to Finally Launch Falcon Heavy Next Week," 29 Jan. 2018 Next to it, the blue scaffolds of an indoor crane resemble a launchpad gantry. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Inside the Test Chamber for NASA's Astronaut Vehicle Double," 12 July 2018 This plan is not ready for the launchpad, even if Mr. Trump is right about the threat. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Houston, We Have a Space Force," 4 July 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of launchpad

: an area from which a rocket is launched


launch·pad | \ˈlȯnch-ˌpad \

Kids Definition of launchpad

: a nonflammable platform from which a rocket can be launched

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