[FoRK] Death by terrorism
Stephen D. Williams
Sat Aug 13 18:58:38 PDT 2005
J. Andrew Rogers wrote:
>The specific problem is that the new hyperkinetic motor platform generates
>extremely high acceleration and peak velocity that is pushing the
>engineering envelope right up against the limits of materials science and
>requiring the use of the most advanced exotic fabrication and materials the
>US knows how to produce. It has spectacular range, closing speed, and
>terminal performance if you can keep the bloody thing together in flight,
>and because it moves so fast, you can count on a kinetic energy kill. All
>in a very compact package. There is footage on the web of small
>hyperkinetic rocket based weapon tests being used against armor at a couple
>miles range. They make normal missiles look like they are standing still --
>it is something to see.
One of the interesting unclassified things that I heard a couple years
ago was about how projectile based systems were being tested by
embedding a transmitter and light sensor ... in the "bullet" and getting
telemetry in "flight". Now that's embedded!
I remember reading a computer industry article 10+ years ago when 3.5"
harddrives were first coming to market. The manufacturer got a call
from someone who was having trouble with moisture. It turned out they
were putting the hard drives in the nose of rockets / missles. Old hat
now, but back then it was eye opening.
>J. Andrew Rogers
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