Launch Complex

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launch complex

[′lȯnch ‚käm‚pleks]
(aerospace engineering)
The composite of facilities and support equipment needed to assemble, check out, and launch a rocket vehicle.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Launch Complex


one of the principal facilities of a cosmodrome, having one or several launch pads. The final operations to prepare a rocket for launching and the launch itself are carried out at the launch complex. Within a limited area, the launch complex usually includes all the support equipment needed for prelaunch checks and for the launch. Such equipment includes the control center, launch platform, storage areas for fuel components, devices for fueling the launch and space vehicles, and other permanent facilities.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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