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To: U-238

I would assume that in space firing projectile weapons would pose significant navigational challenges. Recoil and all that.


3 posted on 03/22/2012 2:03:23 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

As I am sure you know the US Navy is already developing magnetic rail gun systems. Because the projectile is accelerated using electro-magnetic energy a recoil in the classical sense dose not occur. Rather there will be an energy transfer from the source of the magnetic field within the gun to the projectile and vice verses.


7 posted on 03/22/2012 2:22:24 AM PDT by MCCC (Owning a gun and saying you are armed is like owning a piano and saying you are a musician.)
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To: Sherman Logan
Another major problem with a projectile weapon in space is that once fired the projectile is a danger until that projectile finally strikes another object and imbeds itself in that object.

A projectile fired from a spacecraft would continue on its trajectory for millions of miles without loss of momentum. Conceivably that projectile could slingshot around a planet and return to the point of origin destroying the spacecraft that launched it comic book style.

8 posted on 03/22/2012 2:26:50 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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