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A rocket launch is the takeoff phase of the flight of a rocket. Launches for orbital spaceflights, or launches into interplanetary space, are usually from a fixed location on the ground, but may also be from a floating platform or, potentially, from a superheavy An-225-class airplane Launches of suborbital flights, can also be from: ⁕a missile silo ⁕a mobile launcher vehicle ⁕a submarine ⁕air launch: ⁕from a plane ⁕from a balloon ⁕a surface ship ⁕an inclined rail Launches not into space can also be from: ⁕the shoulder A skyrocket is launched from some stand. "Rocket launch technologies" generally refers to the entire set of systems needed to successfully launch a vehicle, not just the vehicle itself, but also the firing control systems, ground control station, launch pad, and tracking stations needed for a successful launch and/or recovery. (via Freebase)