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The possibility of crane-based railguns Answered

It's just a curiosity.

Anyway, so there I was, reading up on railguns (just for the heck of it), and after reading the part mentioning "millions of amps", it got me thinking, "What power source can provide millions of amps?" Then and there, I thought, "Lightning!", but how I could I use it? Wait... Oh, cranes! I could stick the railgun on a crane, then whenever the crane gets hit by lightning, it would fire a projectile! Now, who's willing to risk their lives to load a piece of metal up there? :D

Nah, just joking. Anyway, I was just wondering if this idea would be feasible in the first place, and what would it take to implement.

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Goodhart

6 years ago

Lightning is so unreliable.... :-)

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steveastroukGoodhart

Reply 6 years ago

and actually nothing like enough energy for a railgun

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steveastrouk

6 years ago

Millions of amps can be obtained from a homopolar generator. Energy is stored as rotational kinetic energy before the shot.