Skip to comments.Look what I made, mum! Teenager builds 'death-ray' which can burn through almost anything
Posted on 02/03/2011 5:15:15 AM PST by numberonepal
Eric Jacqmain, from Indiana in the US, covered an ordinary fibreglass satellite dish with 5,800 tiny mirror tiles - and made his very own 'death ray'. When aligned correctly it can generate a heat spot a couple of centimetres across, with an intensity of 5,000 shining suns, the 19-year-old claims. The inventor then posted video of his invention on YouTube, with people commenting in awe of the power of the satellite. The ray generates enough power to melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete, turn dirt into lava, and obliterate any organic material in an instant. It stands at 5ft 9ins and measures just 42 inches across. Jacqmain, commenting on YouTube said : 'I drilled a small hole in the dish and glued a piece of PVC pipe on the back. 'Light shines through the hole and hits the translucent plastic on the end of the pipe. All I had to do was aim the dish once and mark the spot. 'As long as the target doesn't conduct heat away too fast it will melt or vaporize just about anything eventually. 'I have vaporized before carbon, which occurs above 6,500 Fahrenheit.' The American teenager called his invention the R5800 solar 'death ray'.
Unfortunately for Jacqmain, his 'death ray' dish met it's own grisly end when it was destroyed in a shed fire. Jacqmain added: 'Yeah. It "committed suicide". It's very likely that it was the cause of the fire...' If there was ever a case of self-destruction, this was it. But Jacqmain's despair at the death of his 'death ray' has simply spurred him on to develop a yet more powerful alternative. 'Plans already in place for the new one, he added. 'The goal is to use about 32,000 mirrors this time.'
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I hope he chooses to use his powers for GOOD!
The parabolic mirror technology is at least 1000 years old.
It burned, but I’m sure he can build another one. A future entrepreneur, no doubt.
Seems it would be easy to convert the energy into a home power source.
The boy launched the item into orbit? Now I'm impressed.
Oh, wait, I see ... the author doesn't know what "satellite" means.
It does indeed seem it would be easy to heat hot water or power something with steam. Get off the bike Gilligan, I have a mirror!
I have caught many “locals” referring to their satellite dish receiver as their “satellite”...
“We have a satellite in our back yard”
“Oh, really? Did it crash there?”
he needs to direct that focal point... make some kind of rudimentary prism to collect direct that beam... then he’d have something?
? = !
Someone needs to turn this kid onto some welders gloves. He’s just asking to burn off his hand.
I heard this was fake.
NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT DEATH RAY - it’s say so right on the box ...
It also says... "Not for human consumption."
Kid, you’ll put your eye out!
“The parabolic mirror technology is at least 1000 years old.”
Burning mirrors date back to the ancient Greeks, and maybe earlier.
Do not taunt Happy Fun Death Ray...
Future Bond villain!
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