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US-Marine Tests "revolutionary" Gun  
User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1391 times:

Sorry just in German :

http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,532660,00.html

It's a gun without gunpowder but with electromagnetic power .

It's seven times faster than the sound .

Check the Video on the site !

Constantin

[Edited 2008-02-02 04:39:14]

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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 2003, 14062 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1371 times:

Well, it is just a rail gun. The idea exists since decades. I personally don't think that they will replace conventional guns, especially in smaller calibers.
The energy needs to be stored somewhere and the only known way to store such an amount of electrical energy to be suddenly released are capacitors. Capacitors of this scale on the other hand are big and bulky.
Conventional propellants have a much higher energy density and are easier to be handled.

Jan


User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1358 times:



Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 1):
Well, it is just a rail gun. The idea exists since decades. I personally don't think that they will replace conventional guns, especially in smaller calibers.
The energy needs to be stored somewhere and the only known way to store such an amount of electrical energy to be suddenly released are capacitors. Capacitors of this scale on the other hand are big and bulky.
Conventional propellants have a much higher energy density and are easier to be handled.

I agree comlpetely. This technology has been around for quite a while now, although they are finding new ways to use and deploy it.


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