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Launch Pads
LaunchPad39A
Launch Pad 39A

Launch Pad 25A Titan II, Mercury
Launch Pad 38A Long March, Delta IV, Soyuz, Proton, Nooleus, LP1, Black Arrow, Eagle 8, PSLV
Launch Pad 39A Delta IV Heavy, Ariane 5, Ariane 6, SLS, N1-LK-LOK, Saturn V

A Launch Pad is a platform from where space vehicles are launched.

In the current game version, there are three launch pads of different sizes, used for the various rockets: 25A, 38A, and 39A.

Small-sized Launch Pad: 25A is the smallest launch pad. It appears if the first stage of the rocket is a small stage and the rocket has no boosters. 25A is written on the pad's left. Also seen is a simple tower with stairs.

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Launch Pad 25A.

Medium-sized Launch Pad: 38A is the most commonly used launch pad. It appears if the rocket's first stage is any of the following:

  • Small with boosters
  • Medium with small boosters, PSLV boosters or no boosters
  • SLS with no boosters 

38A is written on the centre of the pad. A system with an appearance similar to the mechanism of a lift/elevator can be seen in the tower. It also has an object which appears to be a camera pointing down at the rocket, presumably to film its launch.

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Launch Pad 38A.

Large-sized Launch Pad: 39A is used for the largest rockets. It is used when the rocket's first stage is: In all cases except for the N1, the hold-down arms are replaced with a significantly more complex mechanism. In the N1, the hold-down arms are simply two short arms with arrows. 39A notably does not use the "elevator" system seen in 38A.
Cygnus-atlas

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Cygnus-Atlas V rocket on launch pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Trivia

  • The Saturn V should have normal hold-down arms.
  • Real-life launch pads are much more complicated than the ones in Space Agency, though they do contain some of the key elements: Launch Pad - the concrete slab. ; Launch Umbilical Tower - the red tower. ; In-Flight Arms - the red arms that contact parts of the rocket such as connectors. ; Hydrogen Burn Igniters - the orange/yellow dots that appear under the rocket before launch. ; Hold-Down Arms - the red clamps that hold the rocket down. In real life, they do not open at a set time, instead opening automatically when a computer detects that the rocket has sufficient thrust to fly. ; Flame Trench - (hidden) a reinforced concrete tunnel that diverts the flame away from the rocket and out from the launch pad, protecting it from the heat. ; Lightning Arrestor - the metal rod at the top of the launch tower. Prevents the rocket from being damaged if lightning strikes.
  • When the Saturn V is on Launchpad 39A, the Moon can be seen in the upper left section of the background.
  • Normally, rockets are carried on a crawler to the launchpad, or rockets are launched from a modified crawler with a launch tower, which is commonly the "Launch pad" that NASA uses.
  • The launch pads are from Cape Canaveral, USA. Launch pads there are named by launch complex number (i.e. "39") + pad serial code (i.e. "A"). Andy Barry may add other launch pads of different countries, like the V-2 Launch Tower in Peenemuende from Germany, the Soyuz Launch Pad in Baikonaur Cosmodrome from Russia, or the LA-4/SLS-1 pad from where the Shenzhou-5 launched in Jiuquuan Satellite Launch Center from China.
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