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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It is released while connected to the rocket sled by a 4,000 foot rope," explains Clark.
Asked later how come there was no casualty during the failed rocket sled test, Dr John Stapp, a US Air Force colonel who worked with Murphy, reportedly said it was because they always took Murphy's Law into consideration.
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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.
A gauge on the rocket sled was supposed to measure the strain on Stapp as the sled shot down its track.
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Charles Engram of Lancaster has fond memories of his 10 years as foreman of the maintenance crew in charge of the liquid rocket engine test operation at Edwards Air Force Base's rocket sled track.
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.