drag rope

drag rope

[′drag ‚rōp]
(aerospace engineering)
A long, heavy rope carried in the basket of a balloon and permitted to hang over the side and drag on the ground in order to lighten the basket.
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Next, Moore ties a chunk of deer or beef liver to a short tether then attaches it to a drag rope and pulls the liver through the field to establish a blood trail.
The "Z" drag rope system for rescue - including all the knots, ropes, hardware, techniques and strategies needed - will be covered in a hands-on, land-based workshop scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
The vest's tree attachment strap doubles as a deer drag -- a handy feature should you forget to pack your drag rope.
Other design highlights include a total machine length (from rear of machinery house to end of raised boom) of 110 m; high strength Gradial Tub structural design to efficiently handle multiple load paths in any direction - the tub provides the working base for the machine and has a diameter of 21.3 m keeping ground bearing pressure low; a roomy headroom clearance of 203 cm between tub and revolving frame for maintenance accessibility; an advanced walk system; a powerful swing system with six planetary transmissions; and improved fairlead to prolong drag rope life.
But as he landed, he grabbed hold of the mane like it was a drag rope and he yelled, "How do you want to be dead, from the front hoofs or the hind?" And he touched the horse, not with a firm gentleness, but with a tiny, hating tickling like the biting of a fly, and up went those front hoofs in a terrible climb.