Launching pad

launch pad

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.
Also, launchpad.
Also called launching pad, pad.

1955–60 Unabridged
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launch pad or launching pad
1.  a platform from which a spacecraft, rocket, etc, is launched
2.  an effective starting point for a career, enterprise, or campaign
launching pad or launching pad

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