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Call of Duty: Black Ops
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Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, USSR
Console Codename (PC)
Campaign Map
Executive Order
Zombies Map
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"Battle at the launch pad of this cosmodrome. Perfect for any game mode."
— Launch's map description

Launch is a multiplayer map featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops.


Launch is set in the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and features a Russian Soyuz 2 rocket taking off in the background. At some time during the game, although on average, around the halfway point through the round/match the rocket will launch, and set alight and kill anyone located beneath the rockets engines. In Search and Destroy and Demolition, target A is located under the rocket. The B flag is located under the rocket in Domination.

Launch is very much a vertical map as it is horizontal because it uses the rocket as a large part of the map. When Call of Duty: Black Ops was released, vertical gameplay was not seen very much, although this new map type was used in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in maps such as Rust.




  • The rocket is scheduled to be launched when the game mode reaches around a half of the score/time limit. Before the rocket launches, one can hear an alarm and someone speaking Russian through a loud speaker, counting down to one in Russian.
    • The rocket on the map is a Soyuz 11A511.
    • It is possible to see a second rocket launching at least a minute before or after the one in the map does.
    • The launch process of the rocket is much less detailed and realistic than in Executive Order.
    • If one looks at the rocket after it takes off, it simply disappears in a short time.
  • If a player is on the platforms next to the rocket, they will be killed when the rocket takes off regardless of the fact that there are walls between the rocket and the platforms.

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