Kristofferson, Karl E. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
- Prelaunch processing
- Launch-complex elements
- Umbilical connections
- Service structure
- Fueling systems
- Control center
- Checkout computers
- Mobile launcher
- Space shuttle
- Solid-propellant complex
- Operational systems
- Commercial launch services
- Additional Readings
The composite of facilities and support equipment needed to assemble, check out, and launch a rocket-propelled vehicle. The term usually is applied to the facilities and equipment required to launch larger vehicles for which a substantial amount of prelaunch preparation is needed. Small operational rockets may require similar but highly simplified resources on a much smaller scale. For these, the term launcher is usually used. See also: Space flight
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