Navy Tests Electromagnetic Railgun

Re: Navy Tests Electromagnetic Railgun

Postby Lighthawk » Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:49 pm

USSEnterprise wrote:
Lighthawk wrote:Test shot in action

err...that could be bad to be on the receiving end of


What, a mere 20lb object traveling 7x the speed of sound? How bad could that be?
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Re: Navy Tests Electromagnetic Railgun

Postby Mikey » Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:42 am

I think being "bad to be on the receiving end" is kind of the whole point...
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Re: Navy Tests Electromagnetic Railgun

Postby Tsukiyumi » Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:23 pm

They need to figure out how to get these to launch pies at 7x the speed of sound. Now that's comedy.
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Re: Navy Tests Electromagnetic Railgun

Postby shran » Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:10 pm

If you could get this thing to point upward, space flight may get a whole lot cheaper, right?
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Re: Navy Tests Electromagnetic Railgun

Postby Mikey » Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:11 pm

shran wrote:If you could get this thing to point upward, space flight may get a whole lot cheaper, right?


Well, one-way travel anyway.
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Re: Navy Tests Electromagnetic Railgun

Postby shran » Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:14 pm

Sattelites are going to like that.
And you could make it a two-way trip by adding in just enough fuel to slow it down enough to fall back down again.
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Re: Navy Tests Electromagnetic Railgun

Postby colmquinn » Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:21 pm

shran wrote:And you could make it a two-way trip by adding in just enough fuel to slow it down enough to fall back down again.


Or just attach a huge rubber band between the ground & the back of the projectile :)
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Re: Navy Tests Electromagnetic Railgun

Postby Tyyr » Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:58 pm

I don't think NASA has yet had its funding cut to the point where engineering solutions by Wil E Coyote are being seriously considered.
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Re: Navy Tests Electromagnetic Railgun

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:01 am

But it'd be so awesome. 8) :shock:
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