Launch Pad

A launch pad is an above-ground facility from which a rocket-powered missile or space vehicle is vertically launched. The term launch pad can be used to describe just the central launch platform, or the entire complex. The entire complex will include a launch mount or launch platform to physically support the vehicle, a service structure with umbilicals, and the infrastructure required to provide propellants, cryogenic fluids, electrical power, communications, telemetry, rocket assembly, payload processing, storage facilities for propellants and gases, equipment, access roads, and drainage. Most launch pads include fixed service structures to provide one or more access platforms to assemble, inspect, and maintain the vehicle and to allow access to the spacecraft, including the loading of crew.

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NASA’s Artemis I Moon Rocket Departs Launch Pad Ahead of Hurricane Ian

NASA rolls Artemis 1 moon rocket off the launch pad to shelter from Hurricane Ian

Artemis 1 will roll off launch pad to ride out Hurricane Ian

Soyuz Rocket Launching New Crew to Space Station Rolls Out to Launch Pad

"The way the sensor is behaving does not line up with the physics of the situation.” The latest SLS troubles might be nothing more than a bad sensor, reading incorrect temperatures for properly cooled engines. The sensor can't be fixed on the launch pad, and a roll back will delay SLS til October.

NASA to replace seal on leaky Artemis 1 moon rocket at the launch pad

NASA to replace seal on leaky Artemis 1 moon rocket at the launch pad

See NASA's Artemis 1 moon rocket on the launch pad from space in Planet satellite video

These NASA photos of lightning strikes at the Artemis 1 moon rocket launch pad are amazing

NASA Artemis I Launch Countdown Commences, Team Assessing Lightning Strikes at Launch Pad

Three lightning strikes to the lightning protection system towers at Launch Pad 39B - Team Assessing Lightning Strikes to Towers at Launch Pad

Lightning strikes Artemis 1 launch pad 2 days before liftoff (video)

SpaceX lifts 33-engine Starship Super Heavy booster onto launch pad (photo)

SpaceX lifts 33-engine Starship Super Heavy booster onto launch pad (photo)

NASA's Artemis 1 SLS megarocket has had a long road to its moon launch pad

NASA's Giant SLS Rocket Rolls to Launchpad for Artemis 1 Moon Mission

Artemis 1 Goes Back to the Launch pad, Getting Ready for its August 29th Blastoff

NASA’s Artemis I Moon Rocket Arrives at Launch Pad Ahead of Historic Mission

NASA's moon rocket moved to launch pad for 1st test flight

NASA's Artemis 1 megarocket rolls back to launch pad for moon mission