A new Jack-in-the-Box technique is being tested near Orlando, Florida (southeast United States) by the Army which is planning to use the method with its new Sprint anti-missile missile.
LS Missile on truck
Two shots of missile
Missile blasts off
Slow motion of missile blasted off
Pan up to missile in air
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Background: A new Jack-in-the-Box technique is being tested near Orlando, Florida (southeast United States) by the Army which is planning to use the method with its new Sprint anti-missile missile. Sprint is part of the Army's Nike-X system to defend American cities against attack by ICBM's or submarine-launched missiles.
These first films show a dummy Sprint missile being readied and then popping out, first at normal speed, again in slow motion.
Army missile experts believe the popping method, instead of the usual technique of flying them out, is not only faster, but makes the missiles lighter, cheaper and easier to build. A propellant under the missile pops it out on signal like a dart blown out of a blowgun. Once launched, a real Sprint's rocket motor would fire and it would speed away to intercept.
Since only the ejection system was being tested, the dummy missile had no control finds or rocket motors. And the dummy was caught in mid-air by restraining devices.