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Navy's Experimental Railgun

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November 29, 2018
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The railgun has been scrapped, sort of. At least temporarily. Due to the high power demands as well as the erosion of the materials inside the "barrel," more work needs to be done on the current model before it can be fielded by the United States Navy or any other branch. Major sad face because from what it looks like, this projectile will royally f*** up anything it hits.The question we want answered much will it f*** up whatever it hits? Will it mess it up like Mel Gibson drunk ranting or will it mess it up like Lindsey Lohan and her life? Wait...which one of those is worse...we think Lindsey Lohan and her life...yeah that's where we'll go. Anyways, let's do some math.The projectile of the railgun weighs only 10 kilograms. In America, where we put folks on the moon, that's roughly 22 pounds and some change. It is accelerated to over Mach 7, giving the projectile 32 megajoules of energy at the muzzle, and 16 megajoules of energy (or less depending on range) on the target down range. For the purposes of this article, we'll say it has the 16 megajoules. Science bitches!What do 16 megajoules equate to though? Well, it's no picnic that's for sure. That amount of energy is equivalent to about 7.6 lbs of TNT. So take the force of 7.6 lbs of TNT and focus it on the tip of a projectile. Hooray definitely going to blow things up and kill shit! It's not like a miniature nuclear weapon, but having the equivalent force of that much TNT being exerted by a non-explosive sabot is pretty damn cool.Moving on, one kilogram (2.2 lbs) of TNT can destroy a small vehicle. So 7.6 lbs of TNT is about 3.45 kilograms of TNT. That's a pretty solid punch for something that is 100% gunpowder/explosive-free. It is 100% pure kinetic energy that is equivalent to 3.45 kg of TNT smashing into something.Hell yeah. We just need to make it bigger and more cost effective and put it on capital ships for the Space Force. Then make it smaller and put it on Space Marines rifles...dope.

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