NASA’s next generation ejection seat system “delivers half a million pounds of thrust — which will mean the astronauts in the escape vehicle will have to endure G-force of several times a standard Shuttle launch.” Video after the break.

It burns through half of its fuel in three seconds flat, NASA says, but then again if you’re escaping from an exploding, disintegrating tin can filled with jet fuel, that’s kind of the idea.

[via GizmodoWired]