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Re: Gauss Gun
by cerberus on Thu, Nov 2nd, 2000 01:02:00 UTC
Ive only briefly looked into the rail gun problem, however there seems to be some tremendous problems with using it as a method of launching satellites into space... As it stands the currents produced for a small projectile such as 1 pound are trmendous, (I believe in the thousands of amps), the rails required are substantially long and then there is a massive problem of the payload withstanding the acceleration... think about it... take for example a 2 kg projectile, 4 km/s muzzle velocity, 6 m rail length. Your looking at an acceleration of 1333 km/s^2 which is 136020 G!!!!
You tell me any non-extremely dense/strong material that can withstand that kind of G such as a functioning satellite... assuming you could overcome the power/welding and other problems involved and the satellite was somehow encased and protected from the extreme magnetic fields created, by the time it got into orbit you'd be left with a pancake for a satellite... anyway I dont know anything about orbital velocities so It may be considerably less though I believe it to be more... However as an anti-aircraft gun I believe the high velocities would provide tremendous accuracies and damage for small (non functioning/sensetive), strong projectiles...

    Re: Gauss Gun
    by yottafarad on Mon, Dec 9th, 2002 20:01:03 UTC
    I know this response is a bit off (about 3yrs to be exact) but what if you used longer rails and didn't shove all the power in at once, coulden't it be made to accellerate at a less greater rate? Anyway, just my 2cents

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