flame bucket

flame bucket

[′flām ‚bək·ət]
(aerospace engineering)
A deep, cavelike construction built beneath a rocket launchpad, open at the top to receive the hot gases of the rocket, and open on one or three sides below, with a thick metal fourth side bent toward the open side or sides so as to deflect the exhaust gases.
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he launch pad includes a gantry tower, which is 43 feet wide, approximately 60 feet tall "and has a cliff-side flame bucket nearly as high as the tower itself".
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