escape rocket

escape rocket

[ə′skāp ‚räk·ət]
(aerospace engineering)
A small rocket engine attached to the leading end of an escape tower, to provide additional thrust to the capsule in an emergency; it helps separate the capsule from the booster vehicle and carries it to an altitude where parachutes can be deployed.
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Orion will launch aboard NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), and its LAS will include an escape rocket on top of the capsule that can carry the crew to safety if any anomalies occur during the launch.
Residents of many towns around the Gaza Strip had to be evacuated to the north to escape rocket fire.
In a moment of drama, Israel's ambassador suddenly played the piercing 15-second siren that warns Israelis to run to bomb shelters to escape rocket attacks to highlight the threat his country faces.
Details of his role -- a scientist who foresees the destruction of his planet and squires his infant son into an escape rocket bound for Earth -- are not being revealed.
The upgrade would include an emergency escape rocket to save astronauts from an exploding rocket.
Near the flight's peak, when the escape rocket fired the pull was 19 times that of normal gravity.
Tens of thousands of Israelis are now getting prepared to leave Southern towns and communities to escape rockets launched by Palestinian fighters.