# G-force

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The gravitational force equivalent, or, more commonly, g-force, is a measurement of the type of force per unit mass – typically acceleration – that causes a perception of weight, with a g-force of 1 g equal to the conventional value of gravitational acceleration on Earth, g, of about 9.8 m/s2.wikipedia
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### Weightlessness

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Objects allowed to free-fall in an inertial trajectory under the influence of gravitation only feel no g-force, a condition known as zero-g (which means zero g-force).
This is also termed zero-g, although the more correct term is "zero g-force".

### Accelerometer

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Measurement of g-force is typically achieved using an accelerometer (see discussion below in Measurement using an accelerometer).
Such accelerations are popularly denoted g-force; i.e., in comparison to standard gravity.

### Proper acceleration

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His weight (a downward force) is 725 N. In accordance with Newton's third law, the plane and the seat underneath the pilot provides an equal and opposite force pushing upwards with a force of 725 N. This mechanical force provides the 1.0 g-force upward proper acceleration on the pilot, even though this velocity in the upward direction does not change (this is similar to the situation of a person standing on the ground, where the ground provides this force and this g-force).
In an accelerating rocket after launch, or even in a rocket standing at the gantry, the proper acceleration is the acceleration felt by the occupants, and which is described as g-force (which is not a force but rather an acceleration; see that article for more discussion of proper acceleration) delivered by the vehicle only.

### G-suit

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A typical person can handle about 5 g0 (meaning some people might pass out when riding a higher-g roller coaster, which in some cases exceeds this point) before losing consciousness, but through the combination of special g-suits and efforts to strain muscles—both of which act to force blood back into the brain—modern pilots can typically handle a sustained 9 g0 (see High-G training).
A g-suit, or the more accurately named anti-g suit, is a flight suit worn by aviators and astronauts who are subject to high levels of acceleration force (g).

### Specific force

Specific force is another name that has been used for g-force.
Specific force (also called g-force and mass-specific force) is measured in meters/second² (m·s −2 ) which is the units for acceleration.

### High-G training

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A typical person can handle about 5 g0 (meaning some people might pass out when riding a higher-g roller coaster, which in some cases exceeds this point) before losing consciousness, but through the combination of special g-suits and efforts to strain muscles—both of which act to force blood back into the brain—modern pilots can typically handle a sustained 9 g0 (see High-G training).
It is designed to prevent a g-induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC), a situation when the action of g-forces move the blood away from the brain to the extent that consciousness is lost.

### G-LOC

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A typical person can handle about 5 g0 (meaning some people might pass out when riding a higher-g roller coaster, which in some cases exceeds this point) before losing consciousness, but through the combination of special g-suits and efforts to strain muscles—both of which act to force blood back into the brain—modern pilots can typically handle a sustained 9 g0 (see High-G training).
G-force induced loss of consciousness (abbreviated as G-LOC, pronounced "JEE-lock") is a term generally used in aerospace physiology to describe a loss of consciousness occurring from excessive and sustained g-forces draining blood away from the brain causing cerebral hypoxia.

### Standard gravity

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One g is the force per unit mass due to gravity at the Earth's surface and is the standard gravity (symbol: g n ), defined as 9.80665 metres per second squared, or equivalently 9.80665 newtons of force per kilogram of mass. The unit definition does not vary with location—the g-force when standing on the Moon is almost exactly 1⁄6 that on Earth.
is also used as a unit for any form of acceleration, with the value defined as above; see g-force.

### Roller coaster

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A classic example of negative g-force is in a fully inverted roller coaster which is accelerating (changing velocity) toward the ground.
The accelerations accepted in roller coaster design are generally in the 4–6Gs (40–60 m s −2 ) range for positive vertical (pushing you into your seat), and 1.5-2Gs (15–20 m s −2 ) for the negative vertical (flying out of your seat as you crest a hill).

### Redout

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This condition is sometimes referred to as red out where vision is figuratively reddened due to the blood laden lower eyelid being pulled into the field of vision.
A redout occurs when the body experiences a negative g-force sufficient to cause a blood flow from the lower parts of the body to the head.

### Greyout

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A greyout may be experienced by aircraft pilots pulling high positive g-forces as when pulling up into a loop or a tight turn forcing blood to the lower extremities of the body and lowering blood pressure in the brain.

### Metre per second squared

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One g is the force per unit mass due to gravity at the Earth's surface and is the standard gravity (symbol: g n ), defined as 9.80665 metres per second squared, or equivalently 9.80665 newtons of force per kilogram of mass. The unit definition does not vary with location—the g-force when standing on the Moon is almost exactly 1⁄6 that on Earth.
Acceleration can be measured in ratios to gravity, such as g-force, and peak ground acceleration in earthquakes.

### Thrust-to-weight ratio

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In general, the thrust-to-weight ratio is numerically equal to the g-force that the vehicle can generate.

### Weight

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The gravitational force equivalent, or, more commonly, g-force, is a measurement of the type of force per unit mass – typically acceleration – that causes a perception of weight, with a g-force of 1 g equal to the conventional value of gravitational acceleration on Earth, g, of about 9.8 m/s2.
It is actually the sensation of g-force, regardless of whether this is due to being stationary in the presence of gravity, or, if the person is in motion, the result of any other forces acting on the body such as in the case of acceleration or deceleration of a lift, or centrifugal forces when turning sharply.

### Free fall

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Gravitational acceleration (except certain electromagnetic force influences) is the cause of an object's acceleration in relation to free fall.

### Rocket

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This, for example, allows minimization of aerodynamic losses and can limit the increase of g-forces due to the reduction in propellant load.

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### Sprint (missile)

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Sprint accelerated at 100 g, reaching a speed of Mach 10 in 5 seconds.

### Space gun

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The large g-force likely to be experienced by a ballistic projectile launched in this manner would mean that a space gun would be incapable of safely launching humans or delicate instruments, rather being restricted to freight, fuel or ruggedized satellites.

### Shock (mechanics)

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Impact and mechanical shock are usually used to describe a high kinetic energy, short term excitation.

### Mantis shrimp

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In smashers, these two weapons are employed with blinding quickness, with an acceleration of 10,400 g (102,000 m/s 2 or 335,000 ft/s 2 ) and speeds of 23 m/s from a standing start.

### Gravitron

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At this speed, the riders are experiencing centrifugal force equivalent to three times the force of gravity.

### Saturn V

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Including gravity, launch acceleration was only 1 1⁄4 g, i.e., the astronauts felt 1 1⁄4 g while the rocket accelerated vertically at 1⁄4 g.

### Bugatti Veyron

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Bugatti claims maximum deceleration of 1.3 g on road tyres.

### Space Shuttle

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Acceleration at this point would typically fall to 0.9 g (undefined m/s2), and the vehicle would take on a somewhat nose-up angle to the horizon – it used the main engines to gain and then maintain altitude while it accelerated horizontally towards orbit.