Have you seen or heard of the Rail Gun?

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Serious science question; why all the smoke and flames if there is no powder charge to ignite?
 

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Serious science question; why all the smoke and flames if there is no powder charge to ignite?

The metal is being vaporised due to the current passing through it.
 

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Serious science question; why all the smoke and flames if there is no powder charge to ignite?

Apparently - the electro-magnetic pulse creates that.

Listen to the commentary on the clip - explains it quite well actually.
 

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hope they don't make it a land based weapon and let the Brits have it, as we sit on the back of Salisbury Plain ranges an overshoot could be serious.
 

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It would be as serious as the overshoot of any gun.

true but moving at mach 7 is a little above the speed of a conventional artillery shell and wouldn't you have a sonic boom to deal with?
 

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true but moving at mach 7 is a little above the speed of a conventional artillery shell and wouldn't you have a sonic boom to deal with?
Most modern artillery shells travel at supersonic speeds (although mach 7 is shifting a bit!), range is just a factor of use.
 
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Meh, its been used some time ago, in Transformers 2.
 

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when you said rail gun I thought you meant this

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A US Navy weapon - designed and built by the British.
 

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