By John Roach
An electromagnetic catapult successfully launched a fighter jet in a demonstration of two futuristic technologies, the U.S. Navy announced Monday.
The electromagnetic aircraft launch system, as the electromagnetic catapult is formally known, is being developed to replace the steam catapults that have launched fighter jets off Navy carriers for more than 50 years.
EMALS uses electric currents to generate magnetic fields that propel an aircraft down a launch track.
Future of Technology - Electromagnetic catapult launches fighter jet