Rail guns are the next generation of military weapon that promise to fire further and faster with zero gunpowder. Using electricity alone these cutting-edge weapons can fire a 17 pound projectile at Mach 7 to strike targets hundreds of miles away. Allowing them to sink battleships, shoot down aircraft and missiles while being virtually unstoppable.
Until recently the US Navy was the only game in town when it came to Rail Gun technology but this weekend pictures emerged of a Chinese naval vessel with what appears to be a kick ass rail gun mounted on the bow. With one picture leaked to the internet the Chinese government has signified that they are a military force not to be trifled with. Has the Chinese navy now stolen the technological lead from the US?
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General Atomics (GA) have blasted their way into the headlines again with a video of the latest test firing of their Blitzer Railgun.
The Blitzer is being developed as a multi-role weapons system that can be mounted on a truck, ship or even an aircraft. With talents including integrated air and missile defense, surface fire support and anti-surface warfare GA may be right, Blitzer is the weapon system for every occasion.
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Induction heating is often thought of as an industrial process but it is a technology that can just as easily be applied to smaller scale operations. Wether home-made or off the shelf induction heating provides a powerful way to heat and treat various metals electromagnetically.
Using powerful magnet fields electromagnetic induction heating is able to quickly generate high temperatures in metals held within the magnetic field. The oscillating magnetic field generated by the AC current causes tiny electrical eddy currents within the metal. In turn the tiny eddy currents generate heat through the electrical resistance of the metal, the friction of electrons moving about with the magnetic field.
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The EmDrive is the latest controversial technology to push our understanding of the laws of physics. A propulsion system that has no physical fuel or exhaust, no moving parts and seems to transgress many of Newton’s laws. Powered by electricity and microwaves the EmDrive is quickly dividing the scientific community.
Challenging the well established laws of physics is a risky pastime for scientists, a pastime that has only two logical outcomes; the laws are adjusted or the technology disappears.
Helping to support EmDrive (Electromagnetic Drive) against impossible odds the Chinese have built and demonstrated their variation that is already producing incredible results. Can they can see in the dawn of an entirely new space age?
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