News, but not the serious kind
Those Volkswagens are sure making good time!
U.S. Navy breaks railgun record
The U.S. Navy says it has shattered a record with its futuristic electromagnetic railgun by firing a projectile with enough force to launch 33 Volkswagen Beetles 100 miles all at once.
I guess I really don’t get out enough, because this video report, which I did NOT make up, is the first I’ve heard of the Navy’s so-called railgun project, with a logo and everything.
I hope they’ve thought this thing through properly. Only a few million Volkswagen Beetles were made, and if we’re going to shoot off 33 of them at a time, pretty soon we’ll run out.
And that’s not to mention a lot of old hippies are going to be pretty fricking surprised.
I also question the wisdom of the name they chose. Calling this something that sounds very much like “nailgun” could lead to some seriously injured Navy carpenters.
This railgun thing supposedly shoots its projectiles at several times the speed of sound, which I guess means during the next war a lot of people’s last words will be:
“Lamar, do you hear something?”
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez drives away in a Volkswagen Beetle after voting in the presidential election, at a school in Caracas December 3, 2006. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout