The launch area consists of a 40 metres (130 ft) tall umbilical tower adjacent to rail served movable launch pad measuring 10 by 13 metres (33 by 43 ft). The launch pad sits towards the western end of a large concrete area in which a pair of rails is laid. When a rocket is on the pad it would be sitting next to the tower on the north side. A blast deflector can be seen on the western side of the pad. This takes turns the exhaust gases from a rocket launch through 90 degrees and funnels them out horizontally on to the nearby hillside.
... An accelerator coaster's launch system operates on the same basic principle as a Super Soaker, but on a much larger scale ... All of this pressure is released during each launch, which typically lasts between 2 and 4 seconds ... The heart of the launch system is a large winch, around which the launch cables are wound ...
... Launch Area 1 Unbuilt Shuguang launch site, later used as a viewing area ... Launch Area 2 Long March 2E, Long March 3A, Long March 3B, and Long March 3C launch complex ... Launch Area 3 Long March 2C, Long March 3 and Long March 3A launch complex ...
... missile locations By 1958, the Army deployed nearly 200 Nike Ajax batteries at 40 "Defense Areas" within the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) in which Project Nike missiles were deployed ... Within each Defense Area, a "Ring of Steel" was developed with a series of Nike Integrated Firing and Launch Sites constructed by the Corps of Engineers ... deployed around the nation's major urban areas and vital military installations ...
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