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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: MCCC

Good point. I was thinking more along the lines of classic propellant type projectiles. Rail guns are different.


9 posted on 03/22/2012 2:33:58 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: MCCC
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.

I'm not sure what you mean; but please do the following thought experiment. Put a railgun on a raft with a flexible connection to power. Is it your contention that if the railgun is fired that the raft will not move?

14 posted on 03/22/2012 3:06:15 AM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (<= Mash name for HTML Xampp PHP C JavaScript primer)
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To: MCCC
There would be a recoil. The momentum of a system is conserved, according to Newtonian Laws, so the momentum of the projectile (mproj x vproj) is equal to the momentum of the launch system (mlaunch x vlaunch) in the opposite direction, regardless of the launch mechanism.

It's not just a suggestion, it's the Law! (according to Newton)
29 posted on 03/22/2012 7:00:29 AM PDT by lagrange point1 (Space is no longer the final frontier)
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