Testing the launch system on an aircraft carrier is just as cool as you’d expect (VIDEO)

Of course it’s only common sense that the launch systems on the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carriers would be tested before they were actually put to real use, and on June 16 in Newport News, Virginia, such tests were conducted aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford.

The test-runs of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System – or EMALS – were captured on video, from multiple angles, and they’re just as cool as one might imagine, somewhat reminiscent of launching Hot Wheels off the edge of a kitchen table, only with a monstrous splash for a finale.

The EMALS is a complete carrier-based launch system, which uses entirely different technologies than its steam catapult predecessors, and is expected to be used on all future Gerald R. Ford-class carriers.

[U.S. Navy]