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Offline tomahawk6

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Railgun Progress
« on: May 20, 2017, 12:35:02 »
The railgun is being fired several times an hour with the goal of 10 shots per minute by the end of the year.

http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/05/us-railgun-is-being-test-fired-a-few-times-per-hour-now-and-by-the-end-of-the-year-at-10-shots-per-minute.html


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Re: Railgun Progress
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2017, 16:57:17 »
Test firing of a railgun, with a firing rate of just under 5 RPM if sustained:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO_zXuOQy6A
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Re: Railgun Progress
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Re: Railgun Progress
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2017, 17:37:50 »
Well that was fun. From my limited reading they are using an electromagnetic pulse to fire a projectile down range?
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Re: Railgun Progress
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2017, 12:22:52 »
yes, it removes the need for large amount of propellants onboard. Creates other issues, I can imagine the EM bloom for each shot to be significant and detachable. But if things work out the way they want, you might see large gun cruisers again, Twin gun turrets firing 8" projectiles would deliver a useful payload and room for guidance stuff, the twin guns would likely allow a good rate of fire with time for a cool down as each gun takes a turn firing.