quote: I'd be interested how good the targeting is?
quote: The nice thing about a rail gun is that you don’t experience the recoil until about the time your target experiences the bullet.
quote: Could someone some up the actual benefits of rail guns?
quote: Since it's AC it's a bit tricker due to power factors, types of loading etc., but let's pretend all that goes away and 120VAC = ~85V RMS
quote: 4. Could you scale it down to a rifle, because if you could, that would be really, really cool...
quote: Too bad that a bullet wouldn't travel that fast out the barrel. If you had a bullet that big it'd easily weigh 10x more than a paintball. You'd need a lot more force.
quote: 2. What kind of electrical power source would that thing require?
quote: For rail guns, you need "peaking" power units that can start up and shutdown quickly. Currently, that means Gas Turbine plants. They're small, powerful, and if you group enough of them together, you can equal the capacity of any nuclear plant running today.
quote: BAE, known for its fighting vehicles , such as the Bradley,
quote: The lab version of the gun , may look more tame , without the imposing barrel , in the BAE's design drawings, but it packs a punch that leaves no one laughing.
quote: It hopes to soon meet the Navy's goal of a 64-megajoule weapon , capable of being mounted on a warship.
quote: a key milestone in its goal of deploying a 64-megajoule cannon , on ship , within 13 years or less.
quote: Earlier this year General Atomics [,] a rival research company,
quote: With such high power requirements, is such a design infeasible for battle on the high seas [?]
quote: Chaboki believes believes the ideal ship platform would be
quote: mistakes that to ignore them
quote: Please gentlemen. We must put an end to the bloodshed. We've all seen too many body bags and ball sacks.
quote: Reloading may be as fast as 1 minute, assuming a powered reloading arm or some such device.
quote: As much as I searched, I could not find military-spec high-discharge capacitors
quote: BAE, known for its fighting vehicles such as the Bradley...