rocket sled


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rocket sled

[′räk·ət ‚sled]
(aerospace engineering)
A sled that runs on a rail or rails and is accelerated to high velocities by a rocket engine; the sled is used in determining G tolerances and for developing crash survival techniques.
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From 1947 to 1954, Stapp volunteered for rocket sled decelerationexperiments, which were done to see how much gravity force - G force - a man could withstand.
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A flight surgeon, Stapp was a pioneer in aerospace medicine and automotive safety who personally rode 600-mph rocket sleds in the late 1940s and 1950s as he researched the effects of extreme acceleration and deceleration on the human body.
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