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the platform on which a missile or launch vehicle undergoes final prelaunch checkout and countdown and from which it is launched from the surface of the earth.
something that serves to launch or initiate:
He used his legal experience as a launch pad for his career in politics.
a platform from which a spacecraft, rocket, etc, is launched
an effective starting point for a career, enterprise, or campaign


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