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  • Do It Yourself Homemade Railgun

    08/12/2014 9:16:51 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 39 replies
    Do It Yourself Gadgets ^ | Friday, October 4, 2013 | Ameres Valentin
    Homemade Railgun Experiment Yes, that's right. After gathering all the materials I built my first little railgun experiment. Read the whole article after the break! Let's first take a look at how a railgun works, a video about the whole topic can be found here. Similar to a coilgun, a railgun works by magnetic propulsion. A basic railgun consists of three parts: A set of parallel, metal rails, a huge powersource like a capacitorbank and a metal projectile. Here is a railgun's schematic for your convenience. What happens inside a railgun? There's a huge current flowing through the rails and...
  • The 5,400mph superweapon: 'Star Wars' gun can fire shells at seven times speed of sound through

    04/11/2014 5:31:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 67 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 10, 2014 | David Williams
    A lethal new weapon that can fire a shell at seven times the speed of sound has been successfully tested on land. Described as ‘Star Wars technology’ by researchers, such a device has belonged solely to the world of science fiction for decades. But now it is close to a reality with sea trials on a US warship planned in two years.
  • U.S. Navy to test futuristic, super-fast gun at sea in 2016

    04/07/2014 6:43:27 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 89 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7 Apr 2014 | David Alexander
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy is planning sea trials for a weapon that can fire a low-cost, 23-pound (10-kg) projectile at seven times the speed of sound using electromagnetic energy, a "Star Wars" technology that will make enemies think twice, the Navy's research chief said. Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder, the chief of Naval Research, told a round table group recently the futuristic electromagnetic rail gun had already undergone extensive testing on land and would be mounted on the USNS Millinocket, a high-speed vessel, for sea trials beginning in 2016. "It's now reality and it's not science fiction. It's actually...
  • The US Navy Is Ready To Deploy A Futuristic Laser Weapon That's Been Likened To 'Star Wars'

    02/17/2014 7:45:26 PM PST · by blam · 96 replies
    BI - AP ^ | 2-16-2014 | David Sharp
    The US Navy Is Ready To Deploy A Futuristic Laser Weapon That's Been Likened To 'Star Wars' David Sharp, Associated PressFebuary 16,2014 BATH, Maine (AP) — Some of the Navy's futuristic weapons sound like something out of "Star Wars," with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds. That future is now. The Navy plans to deploy its first laser on a ship later this year, and it intends to test an electromagnetic rail gun prototype aboard a vessel within two years. For the Navy, it's not so much about the whiz-bang...
  • In Pursuit of the U.S. Navy’s Next Surface Combatant

    01/16/2014 1:08:16 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | January 14, 2014 | By USNI News Editor
    The Navy needs to perfect three technologies on its quest for its next generation of large warships, Rear Adm. Thomas Rowden, director of surface warfare (N96) for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) told USNI News in an interview in the Pentagon on Jan. 9. Energy weapons (like lasers), electromagnetic rail guns and advanced energy systems to power the new weapons are all likely to be part of the next major surface ship, though the specifics for a ship (or ships) — which won’t begin construction in 15 years — are far from settled. “There’s some technologies...
  • The U.S. Navy Rides the Rail

    04/07/2013 12:05:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 145 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 6, 2013 | Brendon S. Peck
    Widely held as the Holy Grail of weapons design, the Electromagnetic Rail Gun has been in development for more than a century. Now, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the U.S. Navy, it will soon be part of our arsenal. Unconventional, Multifunctional and Motivating The rail gun is marvel of modern warfare. Unlike conventional weapons, which are reliant upon an assortment of chemical propellants, the EMRG does not require rocket fuel, gunpowder, or gas. Instead, electromagnetic energy is used to fire shells. To produce this surge of energy, electricity is poured though a pair of parallel rails and the current...
  • Navy Electromagnetic Rail Gun Fires GPS Controlled Bullets at 5,600 mph

    08/03/2012 6:46:53 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 85 replies
    Gadizmo ^ | 2 August 2012 | R.J. Huneke
    What navy would not want a two-foot-long GPS-guided bullet that can be fired from a gargantuan cannon built right into a warship? Did you know that we already have bullets that can strike an enemy thirty miles away? This new government project hopes to utilize the current artillery and rail guns aboard US warships, with just a minor tweaking: fast (5,600 mph), GPS-controlled, twenty plus pound bullets that can travel potentially hundreds of miles and strike with pinpoint accuracy. Announced on July 19, the new program is called Hyper Velocity Projectile, and plans to build on such successes as the...
  • The Science of Rail Guns

    03/20/2012 9:44:57 PM PDT · by U-238 · 43 replies
    i09 ^ | 3/20/2012 | Keith Veronese
    Ubiquitous in science fiction, rail guns are a hot area of military research in real life too. But will we ever really get to use them the way people in science fiction do? And could rail guns be used for a non-violent reason — inexpensively launching payload into space? Halo Reach ends with your Spartan taking up a mounted rail gun to destroy an incoming Covenant ship. Rail guns are the basis for a funny aside in Mass Effect 2. They're used in Babylon 5 and Stargate Atlantis and The Last Starfighter. And they're a devastating hand-held weapon in the...
  • Navy Fires Up Fully-Weaponized (BAE Electromagnetic)Railgun Prototype

    02/28/2012 8:40:36 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 60 replies · 1+ views
    DVICE ^ | Feb 28, 2012 | Evan Ackerman
    Navy fires up fully-weaponized railgun prototype At the end of last month, the Navy got an early Valentine's Day present in the form of a prototype fully-weaponized naval railgun. And on Tuesday, it released a video of its first shot, which we're officially filing under "things not to get in the way of." This prototype weapon, developed by BAE Systems, fires inert aluminum slugs out of a 40-foot barrel using nothing but megajoules of raw electricity. The giant gout of flame you see in the picture (below) comes from a combination of about a million amps of energy, the hypersonic...
  • Futuristic Navy railgun with 220-mile range closer to reality

    01/30/2012 12:35:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 80 replies · 2+ views
    CNET News ^ | 1/30/12 | Daniel Terdiman
    Imagine a Naval gun so powerful it can shoot a 5-inch projectile up to 220 miles, yet requires no explosives to fire. That's the Navy's futuristic electromagnetic railgun, a project that could be deployed on the service's ships by 2025, and which is now a little bit closer to reality with the signing of a deal with Raytheon for the development of what's known as the pulse-forming network. (Snip) At the same time, because the power for the railgun will come from ships' standard battery banks, the Navy shouldn't have to maintain large amounts of space on board for storage
  • U.S. Navy's Incredible, Sci-Fi Railgun Fires 1,000th Bullet

    11/03/2011 12:00:46 AM PDT · by Windflier · 35 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | November 02, 2011 | Fox News staff
    Navy scientists with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) hit a new milestone, succesfully firing their electromagnetic railgun for the 1,000th time as the state-of-the-art weapon edges closer to real world deployment. A theoretical dream for decades, the railgun is unlike any other weapon used in warfare. And though still in testing, it's quite real, as the U.S. Navy proved in a record-setting test Monday, Oct. 31, in Dahlgren, Va. Rather than relying on a explosion to fire a projectile, it uses an electomagnetic current to accelerate a non-explosive bullet at several times the speed of sound. The conductive projectile...
  • Video: Railgun Blasts an Aerodynamic Round Seven Kilometers Through A Steel Plate

    04/15/2011 1:48:59 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 04.15.2011 at 3:47 pm | By Paul Adams
    Older railgun projectiles tumbled through the air; this one flies with what can only be called grace. This amazing video, created by Defense Tech, shows the latest test of General Atomics' high-speed railgun. Where earlier attempts have fired ungainly missiles that tumbled end-over-end through the air like "hypersonic bricks," this one uses a sabot round, which flies straight and smoothly for a distance of seven kilometers, AFTER punching through a solid steel plate.
  • Navy's sci-fi railgun breaks record for most powerful gun on the planet

    12/12/2010 4:18:30 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 162 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 12/12/10 | Philip Caulfield
    Say hello to the Navy's little friend. Navy scientists set a world record Friday during a test of an electromagnetic railgun, a tractor-trailer sized weapon that sends a 20-pound projectile rocketing through the air at seven times the speed of sound. The futuristic gun was tested twice at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Va., and the first shot generated 33 megajoules of force out of the barrel, a world record for muzzle energy, the scientists said. One megajoule is a unit of energy roughly equal to the energy generated by a 1-ton vehicle moving at 100 MPH. The...
  • Navy Sets World Record With Incredible, Sci-Fi Weapon

    12/10/2010 10:52:32 AM PST · by La Lydia · 16 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | December 10, 2010 | John Quain
    A theoretical dream for decades, the railgun is unlike any other weapon used in warfare. And it's quite real too, as the U.S. Navy has proven in a record-setting test today in Dahlgren, VA. Rather than relying on a explosion to fire a projectile, the technology uses an electomagnetic current to accelerate a non-explosive bullet at several times the speed of sound. The conductive projectile zips along a set of electrically charged parallel rails and out of the barrel at speeds up to Mach 7. The result: a weapon that can hit a target 100 miles or more away within...
  • Navy Sets World Record With Incredible, Sci-Fi Weapon

    12/10/2010 10:49:26 AM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 126 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 10, 2010 | John R. Quain
    U.S. Navy video by John WilliamsU.S. Navy engineers at the Office of Naval Research prepared and test-fired a slug from their rail gun in a 2008 test firing. On Friday, December 9, the ONR will attempt to break its own record. A theoretical dream for decades, the railgun is unlike any other weapon used in warfare. And it's quite real too, as the U.S. Navy has proven in a record-setting test today in Dahlgren, VA. Rather than relying on a explosion to fire a projectile, the technology uses an electomagnetic current to accelerate a non-explosive bullet at several times...
  • Killer Drone Builder General Atomics Builds Killer Electromagnetic Rail Cannon (Awesome!)

    05/10/2010 9:15:31 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 13 replies · 1,273+ views
    military.com ^ | 5-10-10 | Unknown
    "General Atomics is working on a cannon that can launch an airburst round at a rate of one per second. Each round dispenses sub-projectiles, so its equivalent to firing 14,000 rounds a minute, which is a higher rate of fire than the Phalanx close-in weapons system, says Tom Hurn, General Atomics director of advanced weapons systems."
  • Rail Gun Pumps Rounds At Swarms

    05/06/2010 3:45:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 35 replies · 1,448+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | Greg Grant
    One of the more intriguing technologies spotted at this week’s Navy League Sea-Air-Space Expo was General Atomics’ electromagnetic rail cannon. The company has been working for a number of years with the Office of Naval Research on a 200-nautical mile gun system. In a parallel effort, they’ve been developing a smaller, pulse-power technology demonstrator, called the Blitzer, for ship defense against anti-ship cruise missiles and small boat swarms. Two million amps launch a guided projectile at twice the speed of a conventional gun, but at much lower cost than the usual surface-to-air missile systems on most naval ships. General Atomics...
  • Electromagnetic Railgun: An Innovative Naval Program

    02/23/2009 6:46:55 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 50 replies · 1,481+ views
    The Office of Naval Research ^ | 2/18/09 | The Office of Naval Research
    Electromagnetic Railgun: An Innovative Naval Program What is the electromagnetic railgun? In a word, innovation. This weapons system will bypass the traditional use of chemical propellants or rocket motors for firing projectiles or missiles. Instead, electromagnetic railguns mounted on U.S. naval vessels will use electricity to launch projectiles farther and faster than any ship in today's fleet. When fully operational, the electromagnetic railgun (EMRG) will: Deliver hypervelocity projectiles at Mach 5 on impact in support of Marines and ground forces.Strike within 5 meters of a pinpointed target from distances in excess of 200 nautical miles. Maximize damage through kinetic energy...
  • Navy Tests Super-Powered Rail Gun & 6500-mph Secret Machine

    02/03/2008 9:51:36 PM PST · by AKSurprise · 52 replies · 19,837+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 02/01/08 | Joe Pappalardo
    Later last night, at the High Speed Test Track at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, a classified Navy test rocketed a payload across a track at 6589 mph—136 mph faster that the existing land speed record for anything on tracks. The secret payload traveled a distance of 3.61 miles in about six seconds on three sleds. Each sled ignited in stages to propel the cargo down the track. A helium tent enclosed nearly three miles of the 10-mile track in order to reduce the aerodynamic heating and drag on the payload. Despite our earlier speculation, no one is...
  • US navy electro-cannon test successful

    The US Navy's electromagnetic railgun project notched up a successful test yesterday. The radical new protoype weapon, operated by the the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren, fired* shot a hypersonic aluminium slug at approximately Mach 7.5 to generate muzzle energy of 10.6 megajoules. The Office of Naval Research are hoping that they can scale up their electric cannon to 64-megajoule levels, enabling them to fire heavier projectiles at targets two hundred miles away. Whether electrical pulses of the required magnitude can be generated practicably remains to be seen. Even if they can be, at present railgun barrels only have a...
  • US Navy to Test Fire Electric Hypercannon

    01/31/2008 12:59:13 PM PST · by Froufrou · 166 replies · 365+ views
    register.com ^ | 01/30/08 | Unknown
    The US Navy will astound the world tomorrow by test-firing a radical new weapon system at an unprecedented power level. The new piece of war-tech on trial is that old sci-fi favourite, an electromagnetic railgun. According to the Office of Naval Research, which is in charge of the project, the electric cannon will deliver over ten megajoules of energy in one shot. The ONR say this is "a power level never before achieved" by a railgun, and already represents significantly more poke than a normal five-inch naval gun can put behind its shells. The designers hope in future to get...
  • CDOT director: Mass transit a must ( Needs $100 billion new Taxes )

    06/23/2007 8:24:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies · 780+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | June 23, 2007 | MIKE McKIBBIN
    Colorado Department of Transportation Director Russ George wants to see an “absolute, irrevocable” start to a mass transit system along Interstate 70 to come out of an ongoing transportation needs study. George told a seminar Friday he hopes a blue-ribbon panel on which he sits will ask lawmakers to allow his department to use mass transportation to confront the state’s transportation needs. “They will likely say (the department) can do highways, but it can do other things, too,” he said. “Yes, we need to have rail, we need more trails and transit. There’s no question in my mind that we...
  • Navy Tests High-Tech Railgun in Virginia

    01/19/2007 1:06:51 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 86 replies · 2,203+ views
    AP ^ | 18 Jan 2007 | AP
    DAHLGREN, Va. — Normally, new weaponry tends to make defense more expensive. But the Navy likes to say its new railgun delivers the punch of a missile at bullet prices. A flashy demonstration of the futuristic and comparatively inexpensive railgun weapon Tuesday at the Naval Surface Warfare Center had Navy brass smiling. The weapon, which was successfully tested in October at the King George County base, fires nonexplosive projectiles at incredible speeds, using electricity rather than gun powder. The technology could increase the striking range of U.S. Navy ships more than tenfold by the year 2020. "It's pretty amazing capability,...
  • A missile punch at bullet prices

    01/18/2007 6:07:56 AM PST · by Obadiah · 136 replies · 2,835+ views
    The Free Lance-Star ^ | 1/18/07 | MICHAEL ZITZ
    Normally, new weaponry tends to make defense more expensive. But the Navy likes to say its new railgun delivers the punch of a missile at bullet prices. A demonstration of the futuristic and comparatively inexpensive weapon yesterday at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren had Navy brass smiling. The weapon, which was successfully tested in October at the King George County base, fires nonexplosive projectiles at incredible speeds, using electricity rather than gun powder. The technology could increase the striking range of U.S. Navy ships more than tenfold by the year 2020. "It's pretty amazing capability, and it went...
  • The electro-magnetic gun program gets US$14.7 million

    07/07/2006 1:12:03 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 89 replies · 1,889+ views
    Gizmag ^ | 7/7/06 | Gizmag
    July 7, 2006 The United States Navy has awarded two contracts for the development of an electro-magnetic gun system capable of deployment on board naval surface combatant ships. The development work preliminary design for an Electro-Magnetic (EM) railgun prototype and the preliminary design of the U.S Navy's 32 megajoule (MJ) Laboratory Launcher. An electro-magnetic railgun uses electrical energy to accelerate projectiles to extreme velocities. Railguns do not require powders or explosives to fire the round and therefore free magazine space for other mission areas. In addition, electro-magnetic guns provide a highly consistent and uniform explosive charge that gives much...
  • Zero to 76,000 mph in a Second

    06/09/2005 6:21:36 AM PDT · by anguish · 79 replies · 2,165+ views
    Yahoo News & LiveScience.com ^ | June 7, 2005 | Leonard David
    Scientists at the Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico have accelerated a small plate from zero to 76,000 mph in less than a second. The speed of the thrust was a new record for Sandia's "Z Machine" - not only the fastest gun in the West, but in the world too. The Z Machine is now able to propel small plates at 34 kilometers a second, faster than the 30 kilometers per second that Earth travels through space in its orbit about the Sun. That's 50 times faster than a rifle bullet, and three times the velocity needed to...
  • Iraqi Scientist Not Working on Bombs

    11/08/2003 1:05:55 PM PST · by TexKat · 6 replies · 375+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 11/8/03 | CHARLES J. HANLEY
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - An Iraqi scientist killed in the U.S. invasion and now linked by arms hunter David Kay to possible nuclear weapons research was working on an advanced gun, not atomic bombs, fellow physicists say. They and eyewitnesses also say Khalid Ibrahim Sa'id was killed not when he tried to "run a roadblock," as asserted by Kay, but when a U.S. tank crew blasted his civilian car without warning on an open street. These accounts of the physicist's research and death, provided by 10 Iraqis and supported on key points by U.N. arms inspectors, challenge a core element of...
  • EM gun on the brink of fruition for land and sea applications(range:500km)

    04/30/2005 10:56:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 182 replies · 2,814+ views
    Janes ^ | 04/26/05
    EM gun on the brink of fruition for land and sea applications After more than two decades of research, the science and technology behind electromagnetic (EM) rail guns has now advanced sufficiently to allow practical exploration of novel military applications, according to Dr Harry Fair, director of the Institute of Advanced Technology (IAT) at the University of Texas (UT). Speaking at the IQPC Future Artillery 2005 conference held in London in March, he told delegates that in the field of pulsed-power supplies, capacitor technology can now be considered mature, but still requires an excessive volume for land applications. Pulsed alternators...