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The Navy’s cutting-edge method of launching aircraft faces reliability issues

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For more than 60 years, the U.S. Navy has relied on steam power to catapult planes off the decks of aircraft carriers, leaving behind a telltale trail of steam rising from the track.

A new generation of carriers will rely on something far more technologically complex: an electromagnetic system…

Source: http://www.latimes.com/la-fi-electromagnetic-aircraft-launch-20180223-story.html