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Project H.A.R.P.

Post by Kyler » Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:50 am

In attempt to help lower costs of the development of MIRV nuclear weapons for the US military, famous artillery designer & physicists Gerald Bull worked with the Department Defense during the 1960's in the development of system that could launch MIRV vehicles into space, thus allowing for a much cheaper form of technology to test and design these weapons. Additional research was done on the ability for a large caliber artillery system to launch a satellite into orbit.

The ultimate tool of the testing was a retired 16in/50 cal Naval cannon refurbished into 16in/100 cal test cannon. This system allowed a 180kg slug to be fire to 3,600 m/s to an altitude of 180km.

Bull was later assassinated by Mossad in 1990 after spending a number of years designing and building Iraq's "Babylon Gun."

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http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/iraq/other/supergun.htm
http://www.astronautix.com/articles/abroject.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_HARP
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Post by RF » Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:26 am

Has the idea of a super gun to fire satellites into space been researched any further?
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Post by Bgile » Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:20 pm

RF wrote:Has the idea of a super gun to fire satellites into space been researched any further?
I imagine the difficulty is designing satellite components that can withstand the tremendous G forces involved. The USN gave up (as least for now) on a powered and guided shell for it's 5"/62 cal gun for that reason.

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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:42 pm

That gun look like the German Leopold gun.
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Post by Kyler » Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:15 pm

Karl Heidenreich wrote:That gun look like the German Leopold gun.
I was thinking the same thing. Though it isn't surprising the Leopold gun since it was the first device capable of propelling an object outside earths atmosphere.
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Post by Legend » Sun Oct 11, 2009 4:09 pm

:shock: WOW! That is one MASSIVE piece of artillery! What was the propulsive used? I imagine they crammed as much into there was possible to launch the thing into near orbit!
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Post by Kyler » Tue Oct 13, 2009 3:47 am

Legend wrote::shock: WOW! That is one MASSIVE piece of artillery! What was the propulsive used? I imagine they crammed as much into there was possible to launch the thing into near orbit!
The articles I read did mention some type of special propellant, but no indication of what was used.
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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:19 pm

Dilithium cristals?
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Re: Project H.A.R.P.

Post by Kyler » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:11 pm

Karl you like this comparison

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