[FoRK] "Many faces of the Tea Party"

mdw at martinwills.com mdw at martinwills.com
Mon Jun 28 18:39:45 PDT 2010


> On 28-Jun-10 18:03, J. Andrew Rogers wrote:
>>
>> On Jun 28, 2010, at 2:30 PM, Reese wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Think more like an externally attachable and fully stealthed bomb bay.
>>>> The bombs would be completely enclosed in a structure composed of the
>>>> same design and material as the rest of the aircraft. For all intents
>>>> and purposes, the bombs would be carried internally. The major
>>>> downside is loss of maneuverability.
>>>
>>> Uhm, what?
>>
>> What is confusing?  To the external hardpoints where you would typically
>> attach a bomb, you attach a stealthy pod.  The bombs are carried inside
>> the pods attached to the external hardpoints. It is like a detachable
>> version of their internal weapons bays. They've also looked at using
>> disposable shrouds as well.
>
> What is confusing? Fly that supersonically. Show the need for it, first.
>
>>>> The Navy railgun is spec-ed to eventually deliver 64 MJ of kinetic
>>>> energy over long range and requires a destroyer to house the
>>>> infrastructure.
>>>>
>>>> The Army missile is spec-ed to eventually deliver 10 MJ of kinetic
>>>> energy over short range and weighs 50 pounds.
>>>
>>> Uhm, cite?
>>
>> Geez, you aren't trying very hard.
>
> No I wasn't, not at the point where I responded to this, no. See other
> email for why.
>
>>> From Wikipedia on railguns:
>>
>> "The United States Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division
>> demonstrated an 8 MJ rail gun firing 3.2 kg projectiles in October 2006
>> as a prototype of a 64 MJ weapon to be deployed aboard Navy warships...
>> Since then, BAE Systems has delivered a 32 MJ prototype to the
>> Navy.[14]"
>>
>>
>>> From Wikipedia on CKEM (the field testing prototype for the eventual
>>> Army deliverable):
>>
>> "
>> Max range: 10,000 m
>> Max weight: 45kg
>> Velocity: 6.5+ Mach
>> Penetrator energy: 10MJ
>> "
>>
>> The Army deliverable will substantially reduce range to meet the target
>> weight.
>
> Alright, there's been a demo. And larger is planned for the future.
>
> If this can be distilled down to a single question? Why are we investing
> so heavily in rail guns, especially space-based rail guns, if the
> Osprey is so vital to controlling the ground (and putting the boots
> upon it).
>
> The single question for the rest of the list: Where's my flying car, dude?
>
> Reese
>
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