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Something you don’t see everyday...low energy catapult launch! That sink is scary, but it was a part of the test plan. The folks at PAX River needed to find the lowest amount of energy that the catapult needed in order to safely launch an F-35C...they definitely found it! Through a smart build up and mitigation the test professionals go where others don’t.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
The catapult power was deliberately reduced with every launch. They had to find where the lowest edge of the launch envelope was, so they very carefully reduced power with each launch.