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JATO (jet-assisted takeoff)

A system of small rocket engines providing auxiliary thrust on takeoff. The rockets are jettisoned in a safe area after use. Also called RATO (rocket-assisted takeoff).
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Reduced Government Influence on JATAS Design: As a byproduct of the competitive environment in the TD phase, the government played a limited role in influencing the JATAS engineering design.
The JATAS team felt that a single government team working to ensure its direction would not result in technical leveling, but would provide better and more balanced leadership than two government teams with strict firewalls.
JATAS chose to have both teams continue on risk-reduction efforts.