When I saw that "launch" was word of the week first thing I thought of was humanity's first attempts at flight and how most of them ended in spectacular crashes. I've drawn my own version of a historical attempt using a Canadian goose and pigeons. In theory the birds would flap their wings and off you'd fly amongst the clouds. How does this launch into the air end? Let's say the birds lived to tell the tale.
One more note: I drew the pigeons with their wings closed because they are really stupid birds I don't imagine they would flap their wings until moments before impact.
Drawn with brush & ink. Colored in Photoshop. Click to view at actual size.