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Firing The BAE Electromagnetic Railgun

Hits: 10371 | Rating: (3.2) | Category: Science | Added by: kitteh9lives
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PierreJeanFR
Male, 40-49, Europe
 1337 Posts
Monday, March 05, 2012 4:13:59 PM
Yes! so much money, time and brains to create destructing machines. We're screwed.

pmarren
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 4243 Posts
Monday, March 05, 2012 9:34:37 AM
Cool.

auburnjunky
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 9973 Posts
Saturday, March 03, 2012 6:42:54 PM
"Until we figure out superconducting this will never be practical."

These are on ships now. They can fire over 125 miles and costs about 1/1000th the cost of a missile.

simpletools
Male, 40-49, Canada
 50 Posts
Saturday, March 03, 2012 3:22:06 PM
re: xelous - The projectile is fluttering back and forth because it has just punched through a concrete wall.

AWalrus
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 64 Posts
Saturday, March 03, 2012 11:03:46 AM
@thelonius If I understand it correctly, that's not gas, but is actually plasma formed by the air being superheated as the projectile flies through it.

FinkStinger
Male, 30-39, Canada
 147 Posts
Saturday, March 03, 2012 8:38:48 AM
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

-Einstein

madest
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6457 Posts
Saturday, March 03, 2012 6:17:07 AM
Until we figure out superconducting this will never be practical.

bacon_pie
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2819 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 11:34:38 PM
just got a massive chub.

xelous
Male, 18-29, Western US
 2576 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 11:13:14 PM
The projectile flutters back and forth as it flys, would that be a step back in accuracy? Reminding me of smooth boar guns/cannons having the ball bouncing all the way down the firing chamber.

thelonious
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 3246 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 10:02:47 PM
Isn't that a lot of burning gas to be coming out of a railgun?

CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 16909 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 9:44:02 PM
TheShmoo: Actually this gun is going on the new destroyers America is building.

collegebound
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 3740 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 9:14:20 PM
"That slug needs to be a little more aerodynamic."

say that to its face...while its firing >.>

Draculya
Male, 40-49, Asia
 11876 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 8:02:17 PM
Awwww, Brits gave the Americans a big toy gun to play with. How adorable.

jamie76
Male, 30-39, Western US
 2336 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 7:09:34 PM
Rail Guns = awesome.



Buzzard250
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 345 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 6:45:19 PM
That slug needs to be a little more aerodynamic.

xiquiripat
Male, 18-29, Western US
 2419 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 5:08:29 PM
Better hope the other guy doesn't have an aircraft carrier or you get too close to the coastline. His planes have more range than your cannons.

Shelworth
Male, 50-59, Western US
 321 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 3:55:05 PM
call me when the hand held version comes out!

SmagBoy1
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 4174 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 3:49:15 PM
@lorcan, while I agree that military spending is way out of bounds, this type of weapon system is significantly cheaper than traditional weapons not only R&D-wise, but especially considering the costs of the ammunition used as the projectiles are not explosives. And, with greater range. Read about it here.

Buiadh
Male, 30-39, Europe
 6653 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 3:20:51 PM
@lorcan

It's British made.

Colors
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 96 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 3:19:24 PM
@lorcan

I think you have bad comparisons. One is for national defense I suppose, and the other is going against the constitution and pepper spraying innocent people. It is designed to kill, and if you think that being one of the worlds most powerful nations going gun-less and peaceful...well you won't have to worry about it because the nation that takes you over won't have that policy.

TheShmoo
Male, 18-29, Europe
 213 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 3:11:50 PM
The first ship to get this on will become the new drednaught, and all other ships will become 10 minute ships.

Buiadh
Male, 30-39, Europe
 6653 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 2:56:34 PM
Woooo British Aerospace!

ChrisP12
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 186 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 2:52:52 PM
Don't believe for a second that at least China isn't working on one too.

lorcan
Male, 18-29, Europe
 4 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 2:49:27 PM
and more to the point why has all my swear words been changed to Drat and Poo lol. Drating wankers

Ruffiana
Male, 30-39, Western US
 508 Posts
Friday, March 02, 2012 2:49:13 PM
I could swear I saw this video like a decade ago.

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