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Navy pilots ride FAST, land safely.

The U.S. Navy is using a new ejection scar sequencer that can catapult a pilot, co-pilot and their seats out of a damaged F/A-18, F-14, or T-45 aircraft within 0.2 seconds from the time the ejection handle is pulled.

A triple-redundant digital sequencer senses the right speed and altitude and then deploys a parachute, contained within the ejection seat.

The ejection seat was designed using commercial-off-the-shelf components and written in Ada programming language.

The project--known as FAST (Future Advanced Sequencer Technology)--was managed by a team of Mar tin Baker, Teledyne, Ada Core Technologies and the U.S. Navy. A modified version of FAST will be deployed in the ejection seat used in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
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Title Annotation:tech talk; Future Advanced Sequencer Technology
Publication:National Defense
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2004
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