ground support equipment
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ground support equipment[′grau̇nd sə‚pȯrt i‚kwip·məmt]
That equipment on the ground, including all implements, tools, and devices (mobile or fixed), required to inspect, test, adjust, calibrate, appraise, gage, measure, repair, overhaul, assemble, disassemble, transport, safeguard, record, store, or otherwise function in support of a rocket, space vehicle, or the like, either in the research and development phase or in an operational phase, or in support of the guidance system used with the missile, vehicle, or the like. Abbreviated GSE. Also known as ground handling equipment.
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