Ground Start

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Ground Start

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An ignition sequence of a rocket's main stage, initiated and cycled through on the ground. Compare air start, in-flight start. </dd>
In large rockets, the ground start may be fueled from pressurized tanks external to the rocket, permitting takeoff with the rocket's own internal propellant load intact. [[/a>|/a> ]]

References

This article is based on NASA's Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use