Wow, quite impressiveAstro_Robert":373czpr9 said:Earlier Earthling referenced a possible railgun system used as a Navy artillery weapon. There are actually other applications that have been in development, which does tend to lend credence to the idea that some sort of rail launch assist could be feasible.
Specifically, some years ago a small company developed this technology for small arms fire. Metal Storm, stacks projectiles in a barrel and can fire them at increadibly high rate not achievable with chemical systems. They have been trying to sell it to the US-Navy for a number of years.
It not directly related to launch, but does indicate the general basis of the technology.
I'll drop in a direct link, for the future reference :
http://www.metalstorm.com : FireStorm
I like the 'demonstrated' part.FireStorm has successfully demonstrated its capabilities under separate contracts for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. Recent demonstrations have proven the system capable of delivering High Explosive (HE) and a range of less lethal munitions. FireStorm brings the operational community a total force continuum application.