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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Before this year, the only means of such testing had been the "rocket sled" at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, says Mike Spicer, program manager for the AFRL's coatings lab.
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John Stapp rides the rocket sled at Holloman AFB, experiences 40 g.
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