Umbilical Tower

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umbilical tower

[əm′bil·ə·kəl ′tau̇·ər]
(aerospace engineering)
A vertical structure supporting the umbilical cords running into a rocket in launching position.

Umbilical Tower


a launch position or launch system aggregate at a space center: a metal tower for delivering electrical, fuel, drainage, and pneumatic connecting lines to the rocket and for servicing the rocket. The umbilical tower is mounted on the launch system or alongside it and has detachable connecting lines between the rocket and the surface utility lines. The towers have elevators and swinging platforms; they are sometimes up to 100 m tall, and the length of a side of the rectangular base may be up to 20 m.

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Fixed onto a giant ' umbilical tower', connected to a network of cables and hoses, the 50m tall, 416- tonne Geosynchronous Space Launch Vehicle ( GSLV-- D3) is now undergoing its final checks.