Re: BIOTERRORISM: Our heads in the sand...

From: Ralph Lewis (
Date: Fri Oct 19 2001 - 15:50:31 MDT

The Germans during WWII had an interesting approach to this. Rather than a
single charge the Hochdruckpumpe section gun had firing chambers paired side
all along the barrel. Each of these had charges that fired in sequence. The
ejection rate was reported to be 4500 ft/second. I think the explosive was
coal dust! Talk about a cheap shot!

One 150 yards (meters?) long built in Calais was reported to be able to fire
150mm shells to London!

Ah, such usless information I remember. Now if I can just rememver the
shoping list.


At 09:39 AM 10/19/2001 -0700, you wrote:
>> Mike Lorrey wrote: ... the "Baby Babylon" and the
>> "Babylon Gun", which were 36" bore cannons, 100 and 1000 feet long,
>> respectively. The purpose of the gun was to give Hussein the ability to
>> launch small payloads into orbit (which the 1000 ft long gun would have
>> done) which could reenter on any location within the 40th north and
>> south latitudes.
>Did they work out a way to carry some delta v capability in a
>package that experienced about 1400 Gs? They would need
>that if they were to get into orbit, or to be able to reenter on
>*any* location +/- 40 degrees. In order to either round out the
>orbit or reenter at a controlled spot, they would need to carry
>not only quite a bit of delta v, they would need some kind of
>guidance and control. I know of no system currently that can
>stand up to that kind of acceleration, but if you know of one,
>do fill me in. We could really do some cool stuff with that. spike

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