from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An aircraft takeoff aided by an auxiliary jet or rocket.
- n. An auxiliary jet-producing unit providing additional thrust for a takeoff.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An auxiliary jet engine in a detachable unit that provides extra power for the takeoff of an aircraft
- n. A takeoff assisted by such a unit
- n. A RATO unit or RATO takeoff - a rocket assisted take-off
That meant we didn't dare put on spin by violent means-which is where jato units come in.
The stuff was oxygen tanks, loaded, and aluminum mirrors to shield them, panels of outer skin-sandwich stuff of titanium alloy sheet with foamed glass filling-and cases of jato units to spin the living quarters.
Just before lunch on the third day Captain Stone slowed his ship still more and corrected her vector by firing a jato unit; City Hall and several other shapes could be seen ahead.
The twins as well as Meade went out with him; they made quick work of setting jato units, the young people locking them in place and the Captain seeing to the wiring personally.
Later in the afternoon he fired one more jato unit, leaving the Stone dead in space relative to City Hall and less than an eighth of a mile from it He turned to the phone and called the Mayor.
Before the strike in the Hallelujah the group calling themselves Rock City had been working Kaiser Wilhelm node behind Ceres in orbit; at the good news they moved, speeding up a trifle and passing in-orbit of Ceres, a ragtag caravan nudged through the sky by scooters, chemical rocket engines, jato units, and faith.
Anybody want to come out with me while I set jato units? '
'Oh, I imagine you could move that hulk with a few jato units, if you were gentle about it and weren't in any hurry.
Except for one fast trip to Chemisant City -- when he had neither the time nor the excuse to buy a jato rocket -- Karpin had spent all of his time since McCann's death right here on this planetoid.
The advanced trainees shoot off a jato at top speed.