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

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sat Oct 20 2001 - 16:49:54 MDT

Mike Lorrey wrote:

> Spike Jones wrote:
> >
> > Did they work out a way to carry some delta v capability in a
> > package that experienced about 1400 Gs?
> BTW: the big Babylon gun design did not use a single charge, it had
> staggered charges along its length that would go off as the projectile
> passed, thus reducing peak G forces.

I assumed that. In order to accelerate to a minimal orbit velocity
in 300 meters, one needs a constant 1400 G for the length. Evening
out the acceleration over the length is not that hard to do, however.

Another challenge is the sudden deceleration from air friction at the
end of the barrel. spike

ps Mike, thanks for the correct use of "a whole other story" in
your previous post. So many otherwise grammatically perfect
speakers will say "a whole nother story" which for some reason
makes me crazy. A split infinitive is bad enough, but many
split the word "another" to insert the word "whole." {8-[ s

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